After meeting a woman online, this single father was killed.
Single father, Adam Hilarie, 27, met Rose Bustos, 18 on PlentyOfFish, an online dating site. Their first date was great, so he didn’t think that there would be anything amiss, if he met her the next night at his place, as she had asked.
They went on a bowling date, at Cypress Lanes, in Winter Haven, Florida and eventually returned to his home to continue their conversation. Bustos met his roommate and Hilarie drove her home. According to the Washington Post, she texted him later that night, indicating that she wanted to return once again to his house, the following night, since she had had such a good time.
She showed up the next night, but this time she wasn’t alone. She was accompanied by 3 men, 2 of whom had criminal records. As Hilarie opened the door, they robbed him at gunpoint.
“Hilarie was begging for his life, he was not putting up any kind of fight, and was telling them that he had a 5-year-old daughter,” according to arrest reports. Unfortunately, his pleas fell on deaf ears. He was shot in the head, in his kitchen and died instantly. He was robbed of a few possessions: 2 TVs; an iPhone and an Xbox. Bustos was paid $50 for her part in the robbery and eventual murder.
Thankfully, in just a few days’ time, detectives were able to track down the killers. The men arrested were identified as Andre Warner, 26; Gary Gray, 31; and Joshua Ellington, 26. They have been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery with a firearm and first-degree murder.
“He really loved his daughter. That was his world,” Johnny Jackson said of his brother, who was father to 5 year old, LaJaya.
“Each and every one of you know he was fun to be around. No matter what we did, we always had a good time and he always had that smile. This isn’t easy.”
“You just have to remember, you have no idea who you are talking to. They may present themselves as one thing and be someone totally different,” advises Andy Ray, Deputy Chief of the Auburndale Police, regarding online dating.
“Millions of Americans visit online dating websites every year hoping to find a companion or even a soulmate. The FBI wants to warn you that criminals use these sites, too, looking to turn the lonely and vulnerable into fast money through a variety of scams.”
The following list from the FBI are things to avoid or are signals of a red flag:
1. Presses you to leave the dating website you met through and to communicate using personal e-mail or instant messaging
2. Professes instant feelings of love
3. Sends you a photograph of himself or herself that looks like something from a glamour magazine
4. Claims to be from the US and is traveling or working overseas
5. Makes plans to visit you but is then unable to do so because of a tragic event
6. Asks for money for a variety of reasons
A GoFundMe page has been set up for LaJaya, Hilarie’s daughter. Thus far it’s raised over $7,000 for her, as well as his funeral costs.
Article: Orlando Sentinel