Using a fake Tinder profile to rob an unsuspecting date at gunpoint, the pair lead Phoenix police on a multi-city chase

A couple who used a fake Tinder profile to rob an unsuspecting man at gunpoint last month led Phoenix police to one Chase in several cities over the weekend, which ultimately led to her arrest.

On September 19, the Phoenix Police Department responded to a call from a man claiming he was robbed at gunpoint. The man said he was trying to meet a Tinder date — a woman who said her name was “Sonya” — at the Embassy Suites hotel in Phoenix.

He told authorities that upon arrival in the room he was held at gunpoint by a couple who stole his cell phone, ID cards, social media accounts, PIN code, bank account information and vehicle.

“The victim stated that on September 17, $900 was deducted from Chase Bank in transit and a total of $3,000 has been deducted from his account since the first incident,” the police report said, according to KSAZ-TV.

The pair were later identified as Jose Sandoval Jaquez, 32, and Crystal Hulsey, 33.

Police said the suspects used their real names to book the Phoenix hotel room. The robbery victim also provided authorities with bank statements partially showing cell and cash app usernames belonging to the suspects, which were used to confirm their identities.

The two suspects drove the victim’s vehicle to California and Las Vegas. On September 25, Las Vegas police located the vehicle and discovered inside a handgun matching the description of the one used in the robbery.

Phoenix police found an online escort advertisement with Hulsey’s phone number, which they used to schedule a meeting time and location. When a Nissan Rogue pulled up to the meeting point, authorities identified the driver and passenger as Jaquez and Hulsey.

The police tried to apprehend the suspects, but they sped away. Authorities reported that the pair had led them onto the wrong side of the road in a high-speed chase.

In the midst of the pursuit, the suspects abandoned their vehicle and hijacked another car.

“Passengers in the Nissan Rogue pulled up in front of a vehicle and halted an oncoming vehicle,” the police report said. “The passengers got out of the vehicle and attacked the driver of the other vehicle, pulling the driver out of the car. The two suspects got into the vehicle and drove away.”

The pair drove through several cities in the greater Phoenix area before heading north to Payson and Happy Jack.

The suspects continued on the wrong side of the freeway and eventually collided with another vehicle. At that point, the couple attempted to abandon their vehicle and hijack another driver, but they were unsuccessful.

“The Department of Public Safety helicopter landed and took the suspects into custody at Happy Jack,” the police report said.

During an interview with law enforcement, Jaquez admitted to kidnapping someone with his girlfriend. He told authorities he led a chase through several towns before driving into the forest. Jacquez also identified himself in the photos from the hotel where the robbery took place.

Jacquez and Hulsey are accused of assault, robbery, theft and kidnapping. Using a fake Tinder profile to rob an unsuspecting date at gunpoint, the pair lead Phoenix police on a multi-city chase

Laura Coffey

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