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Woman met man on Plenty of Fish, set up robbery, police say

Pamela Destin faces 3 charges

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LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – A Tavares woman is accused of luring a man to a home and setting up a robbery among other crimes that followed the incident, police said Monday.

Pamela Destin met the man on the dating website Plenty of Fish, officers said in an arrest affidavit.

After chatting with him online and via text messages for about two to three hours, she invited him to hang out last Tuesday, police said.

Destin told the man to meet her on a basketball court that’s located centrally in the Rosewood Homes subdivision, police said.

After a few minutes, Destin invited him inside a home in the area, police said. When the man entered through a back patio area, he was attacked from behind by three men, according to Tavares officers.

One had the victim in a head lock, while another punched him in the face, police said. A third assailant searched his pants pockets and stole his iPhone, house keys and a pocket knife, the arrest affidavit said.

The victim suffered cuts to his left eye and his arm during the struggle. The three men and Destin took off after the attack, police said.

The victim tried to follow them, but he had lost his glasses when he was jumped, and couldn’t immediately find them. He called 911 as soon as he could, and tried to show police the woman’s profile on Plenty of Fish, but her photo was already taken down, officers said.

The owner of the home was contacted, as well. He or she said the house should be vacant, and no one was authorized to be there.

Police received a tip that Destin might be behind the incident. A search of the Tavares Police Department’s database showed Destin living in the area of the home where the robbery took place, officers said.

Destin also had several matching characteristics to the Plenty of Fish online profile, including her profession, a certified nursing assistant, police said.

In what appears to be a coincidence, that Friday, the victim in the robbery was taking his lunch break at the McDonald’s on U.S. 441 when he spotted Destin enter the restaurant, the arrest affidavit said.

The man tried to confront her, but she took off, police said. The chain restaurant sits across from ViaPort Mall in Leesburg.

The victim chased the woman down, yelling that he wanted his belongings back, and signaling to drivers in the area to call police.

When the two came face to face, Destin said she didn’t have his things, and he couldn’t prove anything because she had already deleted her Plenty of Fish profile, according to police. She also told the man she had a plane ticket to New York — her username on the dating site was babyGny, according to police — and she was leaving that day.

Next, Lake County deputies and Leesburg police arrived at the scene and caught up with Destin, officers said. When a detective approached the woman and addressed her as “babyGny,” she responded, “That’s me. What do you want?” police said.

The detective showed the woman a printout of the Plenty of Fish profile, and she confirmed it was hers. When police asked if she wanted to go over the events of last Tuesday, she became “belligerent and verbally confrontational,” saying she got together with the victim to smoke marijuana, but she had no additional information, police said.

When Destin refused to say anything else, the detective told her she was under arrest.

He then asked her to put her purse and shopping bags on the ground, but she refused, police said.

She also resisted handcuffs and said she wasn’t going to jail because she had a plane to catch, police said. The detective and another deputy had to get the handcuffs on her, and move the woman to the police vehicle, as she had locked her legs, refused to move, and was yelling racial slurs, according to the arrest affidavit.

Destin also kicked the detective in the legs and abdomen before the man could close the police car door, authorities said. She tried to spit in his face, but he blocked it with the door, police said.

Destin made several statements about her pending flight on the way to the Lake County Jail, police said.

She faces charges of principle to robbery, resisting an officer with violence, and battery on a law enforcement officer and is held on a total of $30,000 bond.


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