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Man hoping for tryst gets robbed instead

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A man hoping to regale listeners with his tale of trysting with a sexy stranger atop a pile of money has been forced to settle for a more humbling story of being set up and robbed of said pile of money.

In what Mountain View police are describing as an Internet scam, a 22-year-old would-be Romeo was relieved of an envelope containing $2,000. The victim told police that he planned on spreading the money across the bedspread prior to an intimate encounter — a suggestion, intriguingly, made by “Geraldine,” with whom he had been corresponding with via the website Badoo.com, who said such an activity would satiate a longtime desire.

It was left to the victim to provide the money, naturally. But no woman showed up in the wee hours Tuesday at a Mountain View apartment complex near U.S. Highway 101. Instead, the victim was waylaid on the street by a pair of young men who held a knife to his throat and jammed an object that may have been a gun into his back.

To cap off the 22-year-old man’s tale of woe, he had appropriated the $2,000 from the San Jose-area restaurant where he used to work — but no longer does.

Sgt. Sean Thompson of the Mountain View Police Department said it’s not known if the victim’s former place of employment will prosecute him for borrowing their money without asking.

This sort of crime “doesn’t happen around here a lot,” Thompson said. “The whole thing is kind of unreal.”