8/21/18 Update: After interviewing Kevin Staples, police say they realized the situation was not what the alleged victim claimed. Officers dropped the simple assault charge against Staples and in return charged 18 -year-old Rosemary Hewitt with filing a false police report and prostitution.
8/17/18 Original Coverage:
HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Hampton Police have arrested a man they say attacked a woman he’d just met on a social media app.
“I do know that any time individuals get on to the internet they have the capability to use a fake profile,” said Hampton Police Sergeant Matt Bond.
Officers arrested 52-year-old Kevin Staples for simple assault stemming from an incident Thursday night on Mac Alva Drive.
Police say the victim in the case is an 18-year-old woman.
She tells 10 On Your Side she was talking to the man on the app SKOUT.
This was to be their first meeting, but the victim says when the man pulled up he looked nothing like the guy she’d been chatting with.
The victim tells 10 On Your Side the man wanted to know where she lived and when she wouldn’t tell him he grabbed her.
“The male began to physically assault the female where he began striking with his hands and feet and began ripping her clothing from her,” Bond added.
The woman screamed again and again, and Staples took off.
Police say people need to protect themselves when it comes to social media apps. They say do your homework and try to figure out who you’re talking to. If you do decide to meet up, find a public place and come with a friend.
The last thing officers want to see is anyone get hurt.
“They go to this website, or this app, looking for something they can trust and hopefully fall in love with,” Bond said. “It is unfortunate that they go to this site looking for that and then there are individuals out there who are looking to take advantage of these sites.”