Three in Kenner were using dating apps to rob victims, police say

Three Kenner residents have been arrested after authorities accused them of using social media and dating websites to

Three Kenner residents have been arrested after authorities accused them of using social media and dating websites to lure and rob multiple victims.

Kenner police arrested 24-year-old Kristen Faye Gisclair, 37-year-old Raphael Gerard Brooks and 26-year-old Cortland Patterson, the department said Monday in a news release.

The trio, who all gave the same address, have been booked on counts of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, attempted armed robbery and simple burglary.

The investigation began shortly after midnight Sept. 10, according to Kenner police, when a 24-year-old man reported he had been robbed at gunpoint and his car had been burglarized in the 4100 block of Georgia Avenue.

Police said the victim saw an ad for prostitution on the site Backpage.com and got in touch with the woman listed there via Instagram and telephone. The woman, who referred to herself as Jasmine, agreed to meet and have sex for $100.

Jasmine directed the man to a nonexistent address in the 4100 block of Georgia Avenue, where two men robbed him at rifle point in an alleyway, according to the release. The men also broke into the victim's car to steal property, police said.

A second robbery in the 4100 block of Georgia Avenue was reported Thursday about 10:40 p.m., authorities said.

In that incident, a 27-year-old man reported he had “hooked up” with a woman he had met on the dating site Plenty of Fish and agreed to meet her at what proved to be a nonexistent address.

When the victim got to Georgia Avenue, he also was robbed by two men, one of whom pointed a rifle at him and took his wallet, $90 and his cellphone, police said.

Detectives were able to track the suspects to a condominium in the same block of Georgia Avenue. The three were taken into custody after officers uncovered stolen property and a BB gun that looked like a rifle, police said.

The suspects then admitted to creating accounts with the names “Jasmine” and “Nikki” on Backpage.com in order to lure victims to the area so the men could rob them, according to the release.

Gisclair also admitted to speaking to the victims on the phone and giving them directions to the nonexistent address.

Police said the three admitted to four robberies. As of Monday, only two had been reported.

The three all remained in custody Monday on $520,000 bail each, police said.

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