CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - The Chesterfield Police Department says an 18-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after two incidents in which he allegedly strangled the victims.
"We had victims, females report to us that they were going to a neighborhood to meet males. " Lt. Jonathan Miller with Chesterfield Police said.
Emmanuel Clark is accused of assaulting and strangling two different women on two different occasions.
"When they were showing up, they were getting into cars with the men they met for the first time, driving around the neighborhood, and subsequently they were assaulted." Miller said.
Chesterfield Police say thanks to an app, one woman picked up Clark on June 30 in the area of Hollytree Court. After driving a short distance, Clark allegedly told the woman to pull into a driveway.
That's when police say he started attacking and strangling her.
"The suspect attempted to force the victim to perform a sexual act, and the victim resisted," the police department said Thursday. "The suspect exited the vehicle and fled on foot with the victim's firearm and some cash."
Less than two weeks before that, on June 18, it was almost the same story but a different woman involved. Clark is accused of meeting another woman on August Road and luring her into the woods.
Police say the woman refused, and that's when Clark pushed her back into the car and strangled her.
"When I woke up, my dog was barking, and the police officers were at my door," neighbor Erik Dunlea said.
The victim got away, but Dunlea says this is a first for his community. He also says the wooded area has a path leading to trouble.
"I have no idea what goes on down there. I just pay attention to who goes in and out when I'm home" Dunlea said.
Police are now urging anyone wanting to meet up with someone online to be careful.
"I would tell people not to be trusting of people they are meeting for the first time off social media. To be guarded and cautious. If you are meeting them for the first time, meet them in a public setting where there are other people present." Miller said.
Police aren't saying what app was involved. The 18-year-old is also accused of impersonating a law enforcement officer.
Police say they believe there are more victims involved in the case. Anyone with information is urged to contact Chesterfield Police at 804-748-1251.
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