A young and lonely Auburndale, Florida resident hoped to find a connection through the free dating site, Plenty of Fish, but instead of finding love, he was murdered.
The body of 27-year-old Adam Hilarie was discovered inside his Sunset Avenue apartment last Friday, August 19, with a gunshot wound to his head after an apparent robbery. According to law enforcement and WFLA-8, Hilarie was on a date with a 18-year-old woman he met on Plenty of Fish, Hailey Rose Bustos, who, unbeknownst to Adam, had conspired with three male accomplices to ransack his home.
After dropping her off following their date, Bustos and the three men; Andre Warner, 26, of Auburndale, Gary Terrell Gray, 31, of Lakeland, and Joshua Ellington, 26, of Lake Alfred, allegedly doubled back to Hilarie’s apartment hours later, made their way inside, and proceeded to steal his possessions. Somewhere in the midst of the robbery, Adam was allegedly shot and killed by Warner.
“Once she got home, [Bustos and her accomplices] worked out the details and then went back and committed the murder,” Auburndale Police Deputy Chief Andy Ray explained to WFLA-8. “I think the plan was that he [was supposed to] get robbed and that they [would] take his stuff.”
Ray was unsure of when the decision to kill Hilarie was made, but he discovered during his interview with Bustos that this was not the first time she had tried to set up someone that she lured through Plenty of Fish.
“Her comfort with the way this went, it didn’t seem like it was her first time,” he stated. “And if she hasn’t done it before, then she has [definitely] talked to people who have done it [before].”
All four individuals were eventually picked up by Auburndale police and charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery with a firearm/deadly weapon, and first-degree murder.
Hilarie leaves behind a five-year-old daughter who will now miss out on the love of a father who was sweetly nicknamed “Boobie” by his family and friends.
“She doesn’t even quite understand [that he’s gone] yet,” explained Angel Cruz, Hilarie’s twin brother. “I would never want anyone to be in the shoes I am in right now, or my family, or any of our close friends, anyone. I don’t want no one to feel the way we’re feeling right now.”
Deputy Chief Ray offered some advice to anyone who chooses to look for love online, whether it be on Plenty of Fish or any other dating site. He implored everyone to do some background checking on the person you’re planning to meet.
“There are so many places that you can check people out now on the computer,” he suggested. “It’s probably a good idea to that first. You need to get to know them better so you can judge their character and also judge their intentions. Sometimes you can figure that out. But, also, as a first date, it’s not a good idea to take somebody to your home.”
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that a connection made through Plenty of Fish has gone horribly awry. In June of this year, an English mental patient named Carl Langdell was sentenced to life to prison for strangling a teacher that he met through POF.
As reported by the Inquisitr, 23-year-old Katie Locke, an instructor of history and politics at Cardinal Pole School in Hackney, East London, met Langdell through the site after he claimed to be a top-tier attorney at a law firm. Following a night of drinking on December 23, 2015, the two rented a hotel room where, according to police, Langdell choked Locke to death before having sex with her dead body and taking pictures of the grim scene. He would then attempt to discard Locke’s body in a ditch after wrapping her up in towels that belonged to the hotel.
Plenty of Fish has yet to comment on this latest incident.
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