2 arrested for Facebook robbery scheme

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek
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PORTAGE, Mich. (WOOD) — Two Kalamazoo men police say used Facebook to lure someone to an apartment complex to rob them are in custody.

Dontrell Hooper, 25, and 26-year-old Lamar Bell are charged with armed robbery. Hooper is also charged with two counts of using a firearm to commit a felony and possession of a firearm by a felon in connection to the Jan. 9 incident.

The Portage Department of Public Safety says the men posted a pair of tennis shoes for sale on Facebook to lure the victim to the Milham Meadows/Mallard Cove apartment complex. When the would-be buyer showed up, one of the men pulled out a pistol and demanded the victim’s money.

The men were arrested around 6 p.m. Monday and formally charged Tuesday. They remain in the Kalamazoo County jail.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Portage Department of Public Safety at 269.329.4567 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.

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