FloriDUH tip: Investigate before you mate.
Especially with online dating.
Here's a cautionary tale from the Florida Keys with so many red flags you'd think it was May Day in Moscow.
Remember one of the first things your momma taught you: Beware of stranger danger -- at any age.
Ladies, listen up.
When you were a child your momma warned you of 'stranger danger.'
In the online dating world, please remember her sage advise.
A Marathon woman in her 50s ended up at a hospital in December after she had been beaten and had facial injuries as well as extensive bruising on her body. The woman told deputies she'd been raped by a man she met through a dating web site called Plenty of Fish, according to a news release from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.
The man, who allegedly told the woman his name was "John Strong" (red flag #1) was about 52-years-old and weighed about 300-pounds.
When they met, after chatting online for a couple of weeks, he picked her up at her Marathon home and she agreed to go with him, in his truck (red flag #2), to Sombrero Beach, the woman told deputies.
He reportedly played country music in his truck and asked the woman if she liked it.
She didn't; he became upset (red flag #3).
But after he calmed down (red flag #4), they went for a walk on the beach. He got her a bottle of water, with a broken seal, from his truck (red flag #5). She drank it anyway and then began to feel dizzy so she asked him to drive her home, according to the report.
She then reported to deputies they left the beach and went to a wooded area (red flag #6), where he threw her in the back seat and began punching her, taking off her clothes and raping her in the truck. Afterwards, he pushed her out of his crew cab truck with a light gray interior somewhere along the drive back to her home, the report stated.
Know this man? Call the Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may also be submitted on line at www.tipsubmit.com. You could be $1,000 richer.
And they'll be one more angry, dangerous man off the streets.