Date With Teen Twins Goes Very Badly for Man, 84

Paul Aronson ended up tied to coffee table for 20 hours
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2014 1:36 AM CST
Updated Nov 28, 2014 5:00 AM CST
Larceny, not love, was in the air for Paul Aronson.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, file)

(Newser) – An Oct. 1 date with 17-year-old twin sisters he met online wasn't quite the dream encounter Paul Aronson may have had in mind—unless the 84-year-old's fantasies involved being tied to a coffee table and having his wallet cleaned out. Prosecutors say that after dining with the teens, he invited them back to his four-story Manhattan townhouse, where they tied him up and took $470 in cash and his credit cards, reports the New York Times. He remained lying on his living room floor, bound with zip ties to the coffee table, for 20 hours until he was found by a neighbor the next day. Shaina and Shalaine Foster have been charged with kidnapping, burglary, and larceny and could get more than 15 years in prison.

Aronson allegedly met the girls through SeekingArrangement.com, which offers users the opportunity to "Find your sugar baby." According to court papers, the teens thought Aronson would be too embarrassed to call the police. "He asked to do things I wasn't going to do," Shaina told investigators. "He is ugly, old and disgusting. I tied him up. I took his money and left. He was starting to creep me out." Shalaine's lawyer tells the New York Daily News that his client is the "good twin" who "just got caught up in something" with her sister. He alleges Aronson attempted to grab one of the girls when they tried to leave, which spurred the robbery. As for why the girls had zip ties on them, Shaina told cops she packed them "in case of a situation where I needed them." (The date ended much worse for the man in question.)

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