Neosho man chats with stranger online, gets home invaded

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 | 1:57 p.m. CDT

NEOSHO — Investigators say a home invasion in rural southwest Missouri might have resulted from an online chat between the victim and one of the robbers.

The crime happened Tuesday in Neosho.

Police say the victim had arranged a meeting with someone he had chatted with online, but instead of one person, three showed up.

Officials say two women and a man entered the victim's home around 2 p.m. armed with at least two handguns. Police told KOAM-TV the thieves stole a gun and possibly other property.

The victim was tied up and robbed, but was not hurt.

One of the robbers was described as a white woman with a star tattoo on her thumb.

Investigators are looking at the online exchange for more clues about the identity of the suspects.


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