Monday, March 8, 2010

Facebook messages preceded robberies

Two February Roslyn robberies began with the victims communicating with the same person on Facebook. In both robberies, the victims both met Emily Clendening, 19, of the 500 block of Enfield Road, Oreland, on Facebook, and Clendening was present for both crimes, according to Abington police.

The first robbery occurred Feb. 10, around the area of Patane and Edgewood avenues, police said. It began when four friends, Dante Dunbar, Avery Jones, Courtney Blodget and Emily Clendening lured the victim, who Clendening met on Facebook, to meet up with the two females.

All four went to meet up with the victim, who was assaulted by Dunbar and Jones, while trying to meet up with Blodget and Clendening, according to police. Dunbar and Jones punched and kicked the victim, according to police. Then they took his cell phone, but left his wallet after finding only $3 in it. The victim identified Dunbar, 21, of the 500 block of King Street, Philadelphia, as they had gone to high school together.

Dunbar, Jones and Blodget were all arrested in connection with the robbery. Dunbar and Jones were both charged with robbery, simple assault, theft by unlawful taking or disposition and receiving stolen property. Blodget was charged with conspiracy for robbery and conspiracy for assault after admitting to police that she knew Jones’ and Dunbar’s “intentions were harmful,” police said.

Police said Clendening was not charged in this robbery, though they did not specify why.

The second robbery, on Feb. 16, happened on the 1200 block of Nolen Road in Roslyn. The victim was told by the same Emily Clendening, whom he told police he met on Facebook, that he could stay with her after he fought with his parents. Police said the victim met with Clendening, who had three males in the car with her, and was told to follow them.

The victim followed the car to Nolen Road, when one of the males got out of the car, showed what appeared to be a semi-automatic gun, knocked the victim to the ground and began kicking him, police said. He then took the victim’s cell phone and $105 in cash.

When speaking to police, the victim used Facebook to identify Clendening.

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