NIAGARA FALLS – A 51-year-old Amherst man told police he was "set up'' and robbed early Sunday by a woman he met through an Internet website that police said is commonly used to, among other things, arrange paid sexual encounters.
The victim told investigators that he had met the woman once before at a city residence for a sexual encounter. When he contacted her Sunday, he was advised to meet her at Ninth Street and Ferry Avenue, then told he would be taken to another location from there.
Upon arriving, the woman got into his car and told the man to drive to a nearby alleyway. There, both climbed into the back seat of the vehicle, but the woman promptly exited, saying she needed a cigarette. Immediately afterward, two men – one wearing a mask and the other with a hood around his face, one appearing to be armed with a handgun – entered the vehicle and demanded everything the man had. He turned over a wallet containing bank and credit cards, $20 in cash and his cellphone.
The two men and the woman then fled the scene on foot. Police identified the website in question as backpage.com.