Police say a man was robbed, shot and left for dead after meeting a woman through an online dating site.
According to Tucson Police Detective Conor Keating, the man said he was meeting the woman in a wash near Broadway and Sarnoff on April 14 at about 2:30 in the afternoon.
"As he was approaching the person he was there to meet, two suspects came up from behind him and he was ordered to the ground," said Keating. "He was then robbed, he was pepper sprayed and he was shot."
Tucson Police say they believe the two male suspects meant to kill the man.
According to the man's girlfriend, he was shot in the neck and underwent surgery at Banner-UMC.
Police say the man gave a vague description of the woman, but the male suspects were wearing masks. The man told police during the investigation that he went there to sell the woman something. Police are checking surveillance cameras from the area.
Police are investigating at least two other similar incidents and say it's becoming a trend nationwide. Detectives say the woman was used to lure the man there.
Police ask anyone with information, or victims of similar crimes, to come forward by calling 911 or 88-CRIME. You can remain anonymous in your reporting.
Police also advise that if anyone is going to meet someone from an online dating website, meet in a public, well-lit area and tell someone where and when you are meeting.