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Engaged Florida man arrested for 'luring male robbery victims through online dating apps'

  • Tavaris Wilson, 31, was arrested in Gainesville, Florida on Thursday
  • Police say he confessed to tricking men into meeting him at an apartment complex through online dating apps and then robbing them at gunpoint
  • Wilson was found with a firearm and illegal drugs at the time of his arrest
  • According to his social media, he runs a carton character costume business servicing children's events and he's engaged to his lover of 10 years
  • It's not clear what online dating apps Wilson was allegedly using for the crimes 
Tavaris Wilson, 31, of Gainesville, Florida has been arrested on suspicion of luring robbery victims through online dating apps despite being apparently engaged to be married

Tavaris Wilson, 31, of Gainesville, Florida has been arrested on suspicion of luring robbery victims through online dating apps despite being apparently engaged to be married

A Florida man has been arrested on suspicion of luring robbery victims through online dating apps despite being apparently engaged to be married.

Tavares Wilson, 31, is accused of tricking men into meeting him at an apartment complex where he then allegedly robbed them at gunpoint, ABC News reported. 

Police said there have been at least five reports of robberies fitting that description, along with countless unreported incidents of a similar nature, since January. 

He was taken into custody by the Gainesville Police Department on July 11, assisting in the case being handled by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.

Wilson, who runs a cartoon character costume business called 'Costume N More' according to his Facebook pages, remains in custody facing three second degree felonies, a third degree felony and a first degree misdemeanor.

Wilson (left), who runs a cartoon character costume business called 'Costume N More' according to his Facebook pages, remains in custody facing three second degree felonies, a third degree felony and a first degree misdemeanor. He is apparently engaged to Tyrisha Hunter (pictured at right)

Wilson (top), who runs a cartoon character costume business called 'Costume N More' according to his Facebook pages, remains in custody facing three second degree felonies, a third degree felony and a first degree misdemeanor. He is apparently engaged to Tyrisha Hunter (pictured above)

Police said that Wilson confessed to the robberies when he was taken into custody on Thursday.

He had illegal drugs and a weapon in his possession at the time of this arrest, authorities said.  

On social media, Wilson paints a picture of a man who doesn't respect thieves and is in very much in love with a woman who was soon-to-be his wife, as of April 8. 

Photos on his profile show him fanning out money, with one where he's raising his middle finger to the camera. 

Wilson is accused of tricking men into meeting him at an apartment complex where he then allegedly robbed them at gunpoint. Photos on his Facebook profile show him fanning out money, with one where he's raising his middle finger to the camera

Wilson is accused of tricking men into meeting him at an apartment complex where he then allegedly robbed them at gunpoint. Photos on his Facebook profile show him fanning out money, with one where he's raising his middle finger to the camera

Police said there have been at least five reports of robberies fitting that description, along with countless unreported incidents of a similar nature, since January. Wilson is pictured in another photo fanning out money from his Facebook page
Police said that Wilson (pictured) confessed to the robberies when he was taken into custody on Thursday and that he had illegal drugs and a weapon in his possession at the time of this arrest

Police said there have been at least five reports of robberies fitting that description, along with countless unreported incidents of a similar nature, since January. Police said that Wilson confessed to the robberies when he was taken into custody on Thursday and that he had illegal drugs and a weapon in his possession at the time of this arrest. Wilson is pictured in more photos fanning out money from his Facebook page

In a post on social media, Wilson wrote: 'I hate people who steal' on top of a heart background

In a post on social media, Wilson wrote: 'I hate people who steal' on top of a heart background

In another post, Wilson write: 'It's a dirty game watch who u dealing with' on top of balloons

In another post, Wilson write: 'It's a dirty game watch who u dealing with' on top of balloons

In other posts, Wilson wrote: 'I hate people who steal' and 'It's a dirty game watch who u dealing with.'

With photos shared on April 8, Wilson tagged his lover Tyrisha Hunter, and wrote how excited he was for their upcoming marriage. 

Wilson wrote in the post how how the two 'share a bond' that they built 'ten years ago' from 'respect' and 'loyalty.' He added: 'Nobody will never take ur place in my heart' addressing the post to his 'soon to be wifey Tyrisha.'

With photos shared on April 8, Wilson tagged his lover Tyrisha Hunter, and wrote how excited he was for their upcoming marriage

With photos shared on April 8, Wilson tagged his lover Tyrisha Hunter, and wrote how excited he was for their upcoming marriage

It's not clear what dating apps Wilson was using to allegedly rope in his victims. Wilson and Hunter are pictured together in a photo shared on social media on April 8

It's not clear what dating apps Wilson was using to allegedly rope in his victims. Wilson and Hunter are pictured together in a photo shared on social media on April 8

Wilson calls Hunter his 'wife' on social media but an online search of Gainesville marriage records did not reveal an entry for the couple, who apparently share a child according to their social media posts

Wilson calls Hunter his 'wife' on social media but an online search of Gainesville marriage records did not reveal an entry for the couple, who apparently share a child according to their social media posts

Wilson calls Hunter his 'wife' on social media but an online search of Gainesville marriage records did not reveal an entry for the couple, who apparently share a child according to their social media posts.

It's not clear what dating apps Wilson was using to allegedly rope in his victims.

Wilson is facing the following charges: felony illegal possession of a firearm, two felony counts of illegal drug possession charges with intent to sell, a felony related to either attempting to commit a crime or soliciting or engage another in conspiracy to commit a crime, and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

Police said more arrests are likely in the case, as the investigation remains ongoing.

Wilson (pictured) is facing the following charges: felony illegal possession of a firearm, two felony counts of illegal drug possession charges with intent to sell, a felony related to either attempting to commit a crime or soliciting or engage another in conspiracy to commit a crime, and misdemeanor resisting arrest. Police said more arrests are likely in the case, as the investigation remains ongoing

Wilson (pictured) is facing the following charges: felony illegal possession of a firearm, two felony counts of illegal drug possession charges with intent to sell, a felony related to either attempting to commit a crime or soliciting or engage another in conspiracy to commit a crime, and misdemeanor resisting arrest. Police said more arrests are likely in the case, as the investigation remains ongoing

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Comment by eollis on July 15, 2020 at 1:49pm

what an a******! Dating site fraudsters often act the same way and predictably. Before taking the victim out, they carefully put out feelers and choose from the dozens of candidates to fraud the most gullible ones. It is easiest to deceive such people and make them do what the criminal wants. Be careful on dating sites https://datehookup.dating/singles-mn-minneapolis.htm guys :(

Comment by Nexus on July 22, 2019 at 6:02am
Yeah, he needs a dentist badly.
Comment by Nexus on July 22, 2019 at 6:02am
Alright alright alright, why are we going after his chick..we know nothing about her including the fact that she may not have known..2 Men complain that women are gold diggers, yet still had he not been a vagabond and absconded with people's money we would have lauded him as a man trying to make an honest way in life (can't stop laughing) and a regular women is dealing with him..women always tearing down each other..smh He is a bloody jackass for doing dumb sh*t. There is his life, see how far immaturity and crime is gonna take you.
Comment by hayu2u2 on July 18, 2019 at 2:53pm

Ok your a business man doing your thing but dont try to act like your a major player if you made your dough dressing ppl like freakin spongebob 

Comment by Lu on July 15, 2019 at 9:28pm
These girls, not women...these scallywags will sleep with whoever got gums and 2 balls and a bat...SMH. This right here is why we can't get nothing done right. Lmao
Comment by stephen myers on July 15, 2019 at 10:34am

Florida, figures, he looks like he has fecal matter on his nasty teeth, one nasty looking dude with a busted chick.

Comment by Yasmin on July 14, 2019 at 8:07pm
WTF!!! Is really going on out here!? !!

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