CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (CLARKSVILLENOW) – The Clarksville Police Department has arrested two men in the string of aggravated robberies that occurred in late August after arranged meetings made on dating websites and apps.
Cebric J. Moten and Darius D. Hines, both 20 years old, have been charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, according to police spokesman Detective Michael Patterson.
Between Aug. 21 and 24, police received reports that multiple victims were assaulted and robbed after meeting individuals they’d connected with through online dating sites.
The first incident on Aug. 21 occurred in a hotel room at the Baymont Inn on Holiday Drive. Court records obtained by Clarksville Now state that the victim was tied up with an extension cord and threatened with a glass beer bottle. The suspects forced the victim to unlock his phone, and one of the suspects transferred $400 from the victim’s CashApp account to one of their own CashApp accounts.
The other robbery occurred on Aug. 23 at the Clarksville Speedway on Needmore Road. According to court records, the victim was approached by an unknown man outside of his apartment. The unknown man offered the victim a ride, and drove out to the Speedway. Once they arrived, the suspects threatened and assaulted the victim with a hammer and liquor bottle. The attack was so extensive, the victim required hospitalization at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Hines is being held in the Montgomery County Jail.
Moten is facing similar charges stemming from an incident that occurred in Jackson, Tennessee, in 2018. He was out on bond while he was in Clarksville and during the incidents. He is being held in the Madison County Jail in Jackson.
Patterson said this is still an ongoing investigation, and more charges are pending.