LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Two men are behind bars facing serious charges.
Officials say they targeted a gay man on Craigslist and robbed him at his home.
After meeting through the website Craigslist.org, the night took a turn for the worst.
“They got together as they arranged to and over the course of things went bad, we’ve alleged that the defendants came there with the intent to rob, and they did,” Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunning’s III said.
Aaron Spyker and Aadrian Tupper are accused of meeting a Lansing man on Craigslist, driving to his house, then using force to restrain and rob him.
Both are charged with unarmed robbery, unlawful imprisonment and conspiracy to commit those crimes.
No weapon was used and Dunnings is unsure if the two men involved are part of the LGBT community themselves. Dunnings said the LGBT community was the target.
“They feel that those people aren’t going to report to the police, because of you know their status. They worry about the stigma or whatever, but if anyone is out there that’s been victimized, I don’t really care, anything about that stuff, you’re a victim, you’re a victim, and we will do what we can to vindicate your rights,” Dunnings said.
“Tell a friend that ‘hey I’m going to be at this location for this long,'” Luke Thelen from the cyber unit with Michigan State Police said. Thelen explained that meetings that begin online are not very safe, but if you are going to meet with anyone using Craigslist, let others know.
There is already word of another robbery case involving these two men. Officials suspect there might be more. If you recognize these two men, please contact police.