Cops are hunting for the eHarmony match from hell, who met a “date” at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, forced her into a secluded area and raped her at gunpoint, law enforcement sources told The Post. The 28-year-old victim told cops she met a man named “Jeffrey Kent” on the popular dating website. It is unclear if that is his real name, police said. Kent and the woman — whose name and hometown are being kept confidential by authorities — agreed to have their first date in New York and she took a bus into the city on Monday, arriving around 4 p.m., police said. The two met at an agreed-upon spot inside the Port Authority, but he did not make a good first impression — not by any stretch — immediately suggesting they go to a hotel, a law enforcement source told The Post.
The woman was furious, and refused. And that’s when he stuck what he told her was the barrel of a gun into her back, sources said. He forced her downstairs into the maze of underground concrete spaces and tunnels that extends west of the Port Authority, sources said. She told police that she was raped in an area with what looked like an abandoned train track running through it, sources said. The woman could not easily pinpoint where she’d been taken, one source said. “She’s from out of town and could only say that she saw train tracks,” the source told The Post. After the attack, the woman somehow managed to find her way out onto West 41st Street between 10th and 11th Avenues.
I did the interview for the following story "The dangerous side of online dating" in Panama City Beach Fl in June of 2009 and guess what, nothing got better it got worse! PANAMA CITY BEACH, FLORIDA // With as many as 40 million single Americans using online dating services or web-networking sites such as EHarmony to look for love, it would seem that there has never been an easier time to find a soulmate online. But experts, law enforcement officials and private investigators warn that the world of internet romance is fraught with peril, ranging from liars to sexual predators and even murderers, who hide their motives behind seemingly innocuous virtual identities. Bill Warner, a Florida private investigator who offers on his website to "sort out the winners from the losers" for a flat fee of US $65.00, says running background checks on potential internet dates now constitutes more than 50 per cent of his business. "Usually the problem is that the man is married or he turns out to be one of these crazy stalker people that follows a woman for months," he said in a telephone interview. In many cases, PI Bill Warner said he would discover that men had joined a site using a false name, a prepaid, throwaway cell phone and a phony e-mail address from free services such as Yahoo or Hotmail. "There are a lot of people out there who get jazzed up by disguising themselves," he said, adding that nearly 100 per cent of his cases involved women being victimized by men, see http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/americas/the-dangerous-side-of-online-dating
"It's shameful because it lulls women into a false sense of security," said PI Bill Warner. "You get young naive women or the over-50 year olds who are recently divorced, they are often excited about meeting a new man and they make easy prey." In some instances, the first date ends in violence. Last October, for example, police in Minnesota charged a 39-year-old man with raping a woman he met through the internet, after he slipped drugs into her drink that caused her to pass out. In other cases, the motive is financial. Police in Tampa, Florida in January 2009 arrested a Tennessee man who was wanted for swindling a woman he met online out of tens of thousands of dollars and leasing a Mercedes in her name that he wrecked, leaving her with more than $60,000 in liabilities.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota SEX, CRIME CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com