Police: Robbers used dating app in some Oshkosh muggings

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) - The Oshkosh Police Department have started investigating robberies and robbery attempts that have occurred near UW-Oshkosh campus.

These incidents include:

  • November 2, 2019 at about 8:29 P.M. in the 700-block of Cherry St. (attempted robbery)
  • October 29, 2019, at about 8:38 P.M. in the 400-block of Scott Ave. (robbery)
  • October 27, 2019, at about 8:30 P.M. near Cherry St. and Scott Ave. (attempted robbery)
  • October 19, 2019, at around 7:35 P.M. in the 1200-block of Kentucky St. (robbery)
The robbery and attempted robbery that happened on October 19 and November 2 involved the victims messaging someone they met on a dating app and were told where to meet. Once they arrived to the location, they were approached by several teenagers who then robbed or tried to rob them. Both victims were physically harmed and reported minor injuries. However, no weapons were involved.

"There is a commonality between two of them that the victims were using a dating app, Tinder, and they were talking to someone they never met before over the site and they were told to meet at the designated location," said Officer Kate Mann with Oshkosh Police.

The robbery and attempted robbery that occurred on October 27 and October 29 involved victims who were walking alone when they were approached by several teenagers who then robbed or attempted to rob the victims. Again, both victims reported minor physical injuries where no weapons were involved.

In both series of incidents, the group of teenagers were described as African American. No further description was given.

The Oshkosh Police Department urges people to walk in groups when out at night, stay in lighted public areas and be aware of their surroundings at all times.

While the robberies did not happen on campus, they did occur within blocks of the school.

That led University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh police to send out an alert warning students to take extra precaution.

"Recommendations that we like to put out there is, if you're going to be using these apps, you're going to be using these dating features, make sure you're connecting with friends and letting them know, letting them know, 'Hey, I'm going on a date, I'm going to meet up with somebody who I don't know,' or bring them along with," said Lt. Trent Martin with the UW Oshkosh Police.

If anybody has any information about these events, you are encouraged to contact the Oshkosh Police Department at 920-236-5700. If you wish to leave an anonymous tip, call the Winnebago Crime Stoppers at 920-231-8744.