Dating Scam Leads to Robbery, Torture, Charges For Five

PLANT CITY -- Three men and two women are facing charges in a dating scam that led to the victims being robbed and beaten.

Police say the Hispanic male victims were lured to a house in Plant City on social media... for the chance to meet an attractive woman, who met them in the driveway and escorted them inside.... where they were robbed, tortured, and beaten... then forced to remove money from their ATMs... and watch as the crooks drve away in their cars.

The crooks also threatened to harm their families. Four of the suspects, all in their late teens and early twenties, are in custody. They're identified as Thomas "Chino" Nolasco, 23, Joshua "Dolo" Rodriguez, 21, Carina Bailon, 20, and Melissa Long, 27.

Police are still looking for one suspect, 18 year old James Smith, and say there may be other victims.

Photo: Carina Bailon courtesy Hillsborough County Sheriff

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