Two charged with luring victim into armed robbery with fake date plans

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 2, 2024

SALISBURY — Two people have been arrested after police said that they lured a man into an armed robbery by making false date plans online.

The incident occurred on Saturday when a man who had been talking to a woman on Facebook Messenger was invited by her to meet up in Salisbury for a date, said Major Justin Crews, public information officer for the Salisbury Police Department. When the victim arrived at the agreed-upon location, a home in the 800 block of Ivy Street, he got out of his vehicle and began talking to the woman. During the conversation, a man allegedly got out of a car parked in the driveway and pointed a rifle at him. The two then allegedly stole the victim’s belongings, consisting of jewelry and other belongings valued at an estimated $7,510, and drove away.

After the robbery, the victim received a call from the two who robbed him, who told him that they would return his property if he paid them $1,000, said Crews.

The victim reportedly met the Salisbury police officers nearby, where they were conducting an investigation into a potential homicide on Old Concord Road, and told them the situation. The officers then reportedly asked the victim to set up a meeting at a nearby gas station.

When the two arrived to sell the victim his belongings, they were arrested by officers set up at the location, said Crews. The female was identified as 28-year-old H’rina B. Adrong and the male as 25-year-old Myron Sanders.

Officers searched Adrong and Sanders’ car and found the victim’s belongings, an assault-rifle-style BB gun and a handgun, said Crews.

Adrong and Sanders were both charged with felony conspiracy to commit robbery, felony robbery with a firearm or other dangerous weapon and felony possession of stolen goods. Sanders was also charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Both Adrong and Sanders were transported to the Rowan County Detention Center and were not initially given a bond due to the Pretrial Integrity Act.