• Police: Man loses shoes, gets punched in face after arranging date on Facebook

    By: Kevin McCarty


    BREMERTON, Wash. - A Bremerton man who arranged a date on Facebook ended up having his shoes stolen after he was punched in the face in a back alley meeting, according to Bremerton police.

    Sgt. Kevin Crane said the 22-year-old man contacted the woman on Facebook and arranged to meet her near 9th Street and Vaneta Avenue around midnight Monday. Crane said when the victim arrived he was approached by another man who asked if he was there to meet the woman. When the victim said yes, the man pointed down the street saying she was waiting there to meet him, according to Crane.

    At that point, said Crane, the man reached into the victim's back seat, taking a pair of shoes valued at $135, punched the victim in the face and walked away. Crane said the victim followed the man and woman for a short time but stopped when the man who had punched him threatened to shoot him. The victim then called 911 to report the incident to police.

    A K-9 officer tracked the two to a residence in the 1500 block of 9th Street and used social media sites to identify the woman the victim had arranged to meet. Officers also found the man who stole the shoes and punched the victim, according to Crane. He was arrested and is expected to appear in court Tuesday afternoon. Crane said the woman has not yet been charged.

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