Police say a gang of men came up with a novel idea for a series of robberies: Call escorts, meet them at hotel rooms, and then rob them at gunpoint. For some reason, the robberies sometimes ended in the men pepper spraying the escorts.
In response, cops from Plantation Police, Fort Lauderdale Police, and BSO launched an investigation, and now five men are in custody, accused of robbing six escorts with a
Over the course of months, the men met the escorts by finding them on Backpage.com, which is owned by Village Voice Media, the parent company of the Pulp and New Times.
"To arrest all of them, the detectives from all the agencies worked together to bring this to justice," said Det. Travis Mandell, spokesman for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.
The men charged in the sting include Eutil Couch, 29, Brandon Lamichael Medina, 23, Henry Ronald Mitchell, 24, Keonta Murray, 26, and Jonathan H. Williams, 22. They're in jail without bond.
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Mandell said there could be other escort robbers out there and asked anyone with information to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.