Backpage sex ad leads to armed robbery at motel, police say

2 arrested, police seek 1 other woman

Marieddy Garcia, 41, and Alejandro Gonzalez, 19, were arrested April 22 in connection with an armed robbery in Coral Gables.
Marieddy Garcia, 41, and Alejandro Gonzalez, 19, were arrested April 22 in connection with an armed robbery in Coral Gables.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Two people were arrested Saturday after an online ad for sex turned into an armed robbery, authorities said.

According to an arrest report, the victim made arrangements through Backpage.com to have sex with a woman named "Brooke" on Saturday at Burke's Motel at 4445 SW Eighth St in Coral Gables.

Police said the victim was closing the door after letting Brooke inside when another woman, Marieddy Garcia, 41, began banging on the door and said she was a friend of Brooke's.

The victim allowed Garcia into the motel room, and both women told him that he needed to pay them for sex, the report said.

The man told the women that "this was not the deal" and that "it was supposed to be a consensual encounter."

Police said the women became enraged after the man told them that he would not pay for sex, and Brooke pulled out a knife from her bag and told the victim, "This is a robbery."

Police said Brooke told the victim not to scream or she would kill him.

Garcia ordered the victim to turn around, and she began to tape his wrists together as Brooke searched the victim and removed his property, police said.


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