SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – An online dating rendezvous resulted in more than a Marshall, Ill. man bargained for, Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom reported Wednesday.
The Marshall man believed that he was texting a woman through the MeetMe dating app, when arrangements were made for the two to meet on Monday at the Greene-Sullivan State Forest Dugger Unit. As the man awaited the woman’s arrival, a dark purple PT Cruiser pulled up occupied by two men.
The male driver exited the PT Cruiser and pulled a handgun, ordering the man out of his vehicle. The man quickly drove away and called 911.
Sheriff Cottom and Indiana Conservation Officer Matt Landis were dispatched to the scene.
Further investigation revealed that the man was not texting a woman, but was unwittingly texting with the gunman.
After an all-points bulletin was broadcast on the gunman and the suspect’s vehicle, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Deputy Collin Berg believed he knew the whereabouts of a vehicle and suspect matching that description. Officers determined that the vehicle owner, Bradly Lutz, 36, of Sullivan, was the suspected gunman.
Police believe Lutz lured the man there with the intent to commit an armed robbery. Lutz was arrested for attempted armed robbery and pointing a firearm. He was transported to the Sullivan County Jail where he remains under $38,000 bond, 10% allowed. The second man in the PT Cruiser was questioned and released.
Sheriff’s deputies, Indiana Conservation Officers and Sullivan City Police assisted.
The victim’s name is not being released at this time.