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Man Robbed, Abducted by Woman He Met on Dating Site, Prosecutors Say

By Erica Demarest | December 3, 2014 5:33am
 Latasha Smith, 28, was charged with aggravated kidnapping, home invasion and robbery.
Latasha Smith, 28, was charged with aggravated kidnapping, home invasion and robbery.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — After meeting a man on an online dating site last month, a West Garfield Park woman abducted the man, stole his house keys and robbed his mother at gunpoint, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Latasha Smith, 28, allegedly used the online dating site Badoo to meet up with a 28-year-old Woodlawn man late last month, according to Assistant State's Attorney Lorraine Scaduto. The pair chatted online and met in person on Nov. 20.

The next day, Smith and an unknown accomplice abducted the man as he was working near 15th Street and Keeler Avenue, Scaduto said. The man allegedly was hit in his head with a gun, tied up with duct tape and blindfolded.

Smith stole $600, keys and an iPhone, according to a police report.

Smith then made her way to the victim's home in Woodlawn, where she and unknown accomplices held up the victim's mother at gunpoint, Scaduto said. Smith stole $6,000 from the victim's mom, who had been saving up for a new apartment, according to prosecutors.

The group also took a .40-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun, plus two magazines, a police report shows. Scaduto said the gun belonged to another resident, who had obtained it legally with an firearm owners ID card.

Smith, who lives in the 4200 block of West Jackson Boulevard, was arrested this week and charged with aggravated kidnapping with a firearm, home invasion with a firearm and robbery with a firearm.

Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil on Tuesday ordered Smith held in lieu of $300,000 bond.

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