A 19-year-old Knoxville man was robbed and assaulted with a hammer and baseball bat in a mobile home park in Marlow on Tuesday morning after responding to a fake female profile on the social networking site meetme.com, authorities said.
The victim was treated at a Knoxville hospital, and the incident was reported to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department.
Two men were arrested on Tuesday afternoon in the alleged robbery, Sheriff Paul White said in a press release. The two are Shawn Dillon Summers, 18, of Joann Lane in Marlow, and Kavonte Jamar Carson, 19, who was listed at the same address as well as at one in Rockford, Tenn. Both have been charged with aggravated robbery and criminal conspiracy. Carson was also charged with burglary to a vehicle. They are being held in the Anderson County Detention Facility with bonds pending their arraignments.
White said the victim drove to the mobile home park shortly after midnight after exchanging messages both on meetme.com and by cell phone texts with a person who had claimed to be a girl.
“After exiting his vehicle in search of the address, which does not exist, he was accosted by two men who assaulted him with a hammer and a ball bat and then robbed him of his cell phone,” White said. “His wallet was also taken from his vehicle.”
Investigators with the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Unit located the two suspects, who were living nearby in a mobile home. After interviews, both were charged in this incident after admitting the female profile on meetme.com was fake and their intent was to lure the victim to the location to commit the robbery, White said.
Chief Deputy Mark Lucas said the Sheriff’s Department has not had any previous reports on crimes similar to this and are not aware of any in the area.