Crime

They met her on a dating website, but the ‘first date’ wasn’t romantic at all, police say

Tanike Dixon
Tanike Dixon

A man is still sought in an investigation of armed robberies that police say targeted men who used a dating website.

Within a month’s time, two different men told Gulfport police they had planned to meet a woman on Grand Lido Lane when each was robbed at gunpoint, Gulfport police say. One of the victims also was assaulted.

Tanike Dixon, 20, of Ocean Springs, used a different picture of herself when she set up an account on the dating website, Gulfport Police Sgt. Clayton Fulks said.

She may have been with the men when they robbed the victims, he said. Dixon was arrested in Georgia.

Police obtained arrest warrants on armed robbery charges for Dixon and three others after the latest holdup earlier this month.

All have been taken into custody except for Isaiah Gresham, 19, of Georgia. His hometown wasn’t immediately available.

Police arrested Dwayne King, 18, of Gulfport, on one count of armed robbery on Sunday.

They arrested Andre Sullivan, 16, of Gulfport, on Wednesday. Sullivan is being charged as an adult on two counts of armed robbery. The two counts indicate police suspect Sullivan was involved in both robberies.

Dixon and Gresham also face armed robbery charges.

Grand Lido Lane, north of Pass Road, is a residential street a block west of DeBuys Road.

Police say some of the suspects covered their faces with cloth during the robberies.

The victim of the first armed holdup reported the crime just before 9 p.m. Dec. 28 from the 2000 block of Pass Road.

He told police he had made arrangements to meet a woman on Grand Lido Lane when four males confronted him at gunpoint. The man said the suspects assaulted him, and stole what he had in his pockets.

The victim of the second robbery reported it about 5:30 p.m. Jan. 8 while still on Grand Lido Lane.

He said he was trying to find a woman when two males held a gun on him and stole his belongings.

Police say detectives found evidence at each of the scenes that helped identify the suspects.

Sullivan’s bonds total $100,000 — $50,000 for each count.

King’s bond is $50,000. He was released from jail Monday, the jail docket shows.

Justice Court judges Melvin Ray and Diane Ladner set bonds in the case.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Gresham is asked to call the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959 or your local police or sheriff’s department.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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