Two people are behind bars after they used an online dating site to set up a meeting and then robbed a man near Slidell earlier this month.
Heather Tuttle (DOB 5/01/1986) of Slidell and Michael Smith (DOB 11/13/1983) of Sumrall, MS, have been arrested on warrants for one count each of L.R.S. 14:64 Armed Robbery and L.R.S. 14:70.4 Access Device Fraud following an armed robbery that occurred the morning of Dec. 9 in the Slidell area.
The victim, a 33-year-old man, told St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies he went to the area of Oak Harbor Boulevard to have breakfast with Tuttle, who he had met via an online dating site, but instead he ended up the victim of an armed robbery.
The victim told deputies, when Tuttle arrived for the “date,” she got in his vehicle and asked him to drive to a different location. While en route to the second location, Tuttle produced a gun and made the victim drive the vehicle to the end of Harbor Drive, at which time Smith showed up in a second vehicle.
Tuttle and Smith took the victim’s cellphone, car/house keys and wallet, which included his driver’s license and credit/debit cards. Tuttle and Smith then fled the area.
The debit card was used at an area business and attempts were made at other locations in the Slidell and Picayune, MS areas.
On Dec. 12, STPSO detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of Tuttle and Smith.
Smith was located Dec. 12 at a family member’s residence in Picayune, MS. He was taken into custody and booked into Pearl River County Jail. On Dec. 17 he was transported and booked in to the St. Tammany Parish Jail. He was also booked for L.R.S. 32:57.1 Failure to Appear (Traffic Offense).
Tuttle was located in Slidell on Dec. 17, and she too was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.