Police Use Fake Dating Site Profile to Nab Suspect

'Sasha' turns out to be a Richmond police lieutenant

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 18, 2013 5:00 PM CST

(Newser) – Virginia police get points for creativity in rounding up a court no-show. A lieutenant created a fake profile of "Sasha" on the online dating site OKCupid, then set about wooing 24-year-old Ryan Covington, who had been accused of breaking into a car but never appeared in court, reports NBC12 in Richmond. After a week of digital sweet talk, Covington agreed to meet Sasha at a local diner. But instead of a black turtleneck and red skirt, Sasha wore a police uniform.

"He kept saying, 'I'm supposed to be meeting someone here on a blind date,' and I said, 'Well, you have a warrant for your arrest. You're coming with us instead,'" said Lt. Daniel "Sasha" Minton.

  (Richmond Police Department)
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