READING, Pa. - A Reading man is behind bars after police say he preyed on women he met on a dating website.
"They both met him at different places, both of these victims' money and property was stolen from them," said Capt. Matthew Schappell, Reading Police Department.
Both crimes are strikingly similar. Two women met a man through a dating website called Badoo. They both exchanged several messages with Dalvin Martinez-Olacio before meeting in person, but once they met him -- that's when, authorities said, things changed.
Police said one woman met Martinez-Olacio at his home on Monday.
"While they met at his house, he started pressuring her for sex, started touching her inappropriately in private parts of her body, which she objected to," Schappell said.
According to court paperwork, Martinez-Olacio told her to "stop yelling or he was going to hit her." Soon after that exchange, authorities said he robbed her.
The very next day, he allegedly targeted another woman. This time, they met at a McDonald's in Reading and, after the date, he offered to walk the woman home.
"When they got to her home, he entered the house first, entering a bedroom, which she followed him to see what he was doing, at which time she was sexually assaulted," said Schappell.
The victim told police she "tried to push him off and told him to stop but he did not."
"Not meeting them alone, meeting them in a public place, trying to get to know them," said Christine Gilfillan of Safe Berks.
Gilfillan offered a few tips on staying safe while dating online, but said sometimes criminals are unstoppable
"We all want to be as safe as we possibly can be, but if there's a predator, a criminal, sometimes there's nothing that you can do, and we just have to let the people know that it's not their fault," she said.
Martinez-Olacio, 21, was charged with sexual assault and robbery and committed to the Berks County Jail on $10,000 bail in one case and $20,000 bail in the other.
A man who robbed two stores within hours of each other in Berks County on Wednesday is now behind bars, according to police, who said they believe the same suspect may have committed other holdups in Berks and Lehigh counties.Read More »
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