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When online dating takes a whole new twist of a felony

Updated on April 25, 2014

Don't waste your life sentence

An online dating nightmare

We have heard horror stories of people dyeing from meeting people on Craig's list. Women being found dead. But a new scheme has developed from a group of young people right here in my home town of Jacksonville.

Authorities arrested three people and are looking for a fourth in the robbery and shooting of an Orange Park man who was ambushed during an online date in March.

The 43-year-old businessman was shot by two men outside Tree Life 1 on Industrial Loop off Wells Road.

These four individuals sat in their homes on their computers setting up dates to rob people, but got caught after the first one. Premeditated, they are looking at attempted murder, armed robbery, and assault charges.

Not only did they shoot the man but kicked him in the head repeatedly hoping he would die. He did not. He is now in the hospital recovering from his injuries.

Robbery gone wrong

What has happened to morals

These young people will probably spend the rest of their life in prison or the biggest part of their adult lives. When their other friends will be going off to college, enjoying life, starting families and getting married.

What has happened to our young people in society. They are no better then the very people that caused 9/11. They have no morals, no values and no feelings for human life. This could have ended in a tragedy but thankfully the man survived.

On line dating for many has been a fun adventure. I met my husband on line and we have been happy together for four years. I can't say that my time of online dating was fun because there were many men out there that were less then any woman would want to be with.

So now we go from going on a date to being robbed and shot in the parking lot when the date ends.

Is this the place to spend your life

What has happened to our youth

Too many young people are ending up in prison, serving long terms, for crimes they commit. Young people wonder why they are targeted and this is the very reason. Their parents will say my son would never do that or my daughter could never do a thing like that but they forgot about their children while smoking their crack pipe.

These children have no values, they are not taught right from wrong, they have no respect for authority or their parents and we are concerned about them not getting employment because they now have a record.

These three young people have been trouble all along. I doubt this is their first robbery attempt but the were caught. How many more people have suffered at the hands of these and the one on the lose that is probably being harbored by his mother or father.

These kids can not be rehabilitated as some would think. They grew up in the streets, didn't go to school because their parent could care less about them.

You must teach your children and make them respect people.

Life in Prison is this what they want?

Should we have to pay for them

Life in prison is costly. These kids that are getting life in prison will die in prison. Their parents will be seeing them through a glass window. If parents don't start taking the time to parent, there will be worse repercussions then a child going to jail.

This incident should have never happened. This man, wanting to only meet someone on line, could have ended up dead. If he would have died, they would possibly be getting the death penalty.

Prison is no place to spend your life but these kids need to pay what they did.

Make them good citizens

Parents it's time to wake up and get your children's lives in order. Teach them to be good citizens and to love people and love God. Do you want to spend your life visiting them in prison? If you don't then take them by the hand and guide them to adulthood.

They don't deserve to go to prison because they had no upbringing. Basic necessities include training.

Keep them close and love them and teach them.


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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I don't approve of online dating because you never know which psycho one will meet.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      No child is born bad, the fact that there are so many young people in prison is a sad reflection on our society.

      Yes... children need guidance, they need to be taught that their actions also have consequences, they need good role models, boundaries, but they also need hope. Online or off, people are less likely to want to destroy a world in which they have an invested future.

      This is an interesting article, well done.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      It is quite frightening to hear of these stories. Yes, parents need to teach their children good values, respect for others, and the wisdom of God. This will greatly improve our society and give children a better understanding of community.

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      Cheryl A Whitsett 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

      Yes it is horrible. If people can't safely date on line then what other options are there except finding a drunk in a bar. Thanks for stopping by ladies.

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      Janellegems 3 years ago from United States

      This is a totally horrible. Thanks for informing us of this through this Hub. You are absolutely right parents need to wake up and use every moment to teach moral principles.

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      Gwen 3 years ago

      This is a terrible reality of our young society. Parents have to be better at parenting. This is the generation that will be taking care of us when we get old. Scary thought of what we would have to deal with.