A Des Moines woman and her boyfriend face kidnapping and robbery charges after a bizarre "date" last night.
The woman met another man through a telephone dating service and invited him to her home. That man showed up planning to pay the woman a hundred dollars to have sex, but found the woman and her boyfriend in the home.
Des Moines Police Sergeant Todd Dykstra says the woman and her boyfriend took the man’s money — plus his keys, shoes and cell phone — and tried to get more. "I don’t think this type of behavior occurs very often, fortunately, but in this particular case his intentions actually got him into a little bit of trouble," Dykstra says.
The boyfriend took the man in his car and the girlfriend followed in another vehicle as the pair tried to get the man to withdraw money from ATMs. "The victim — sitting in the car as it was moving — observed a Polk County Deputy’s vehicle, at that time jumped out of the vehicle and went to the deputy," Dykstra says. "Long story short, the deputy was able to conduct an investigation…(and) arrested these two individuals. They did not flee."
The woman and her boyfriend have been charged with second-degree kidnapping and second-degree robbery. The woman has also been charged with child endangerment. "She left her six-year-old and two-year-old home alone while they were committing this crime," Dykstra says.
The man who was prepared to pay to have sex with the woman — and wound up getting robbed — was treated at a hospital for the minor injuries he got from jumping out of the moving car.