Robbery Suspect Recognized by Victims on Facebook
|Dondrae Mathew Pink (Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office)|
A Lakeworth man is facing armed robbery and aggravated assault charges after the two men he allegedly robbed recognized him on Facebook.
Dondrae Mathew Pink, 18, was picked up by Palm Beach County cops on December 7 after two 17-year-old victims pointed him out to police as the man who had robbed them near Massy Drive in unincorporated Lake Worth on December 1 at gun point.
Pink admits being in the area, but told police he wasn't the man who robbed the victims.
According to the police report, the two victims were approached by two men as they walked along the canal near Massy Drive.
One of the men pointed a handgun at the victims and yelled out, "This is how it's gonna be! Empty your pockets!"
The two victims, whose names were redacted from the arrest report, complied with the would-be robbers.
After taking $600 worth of possessions from the victims, including an iPod, two pairs of headphones, a hunting knife, a cellphone, and cash, the gunman allegedly said, "Run or I'll shoot!"
The victims ran off, according to deputies, and no shots were fired.
According to the police report, one of the alleged victims recognized the gunman from a gym class the two had attended, but the robber had not been attending class for close to a year.
The two logged onto Facebook to look up friends of friends, in hopes of maybe finding the gunman, and eventually discovered Dondrae Pink's profile.
When police showed photo lineups to the victims, they recognized Pink as the robber and identified him to deputies.
When he was arrested, Pink told police that he was in the area smoking weed, but did not rob anyone.
He was charged with two counts of armed robbery with a firearm and two counts of aggravated assault, and was held in custody at the Palm Beach County jail.
His alleged accomplice is yet to be arrested and is described as thin, tall and dressed in dark clothing.