A Boston man is facing several charges after “catfishing” other men to allegedly rob them, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.
Rakeem Austin, 30, allegedly posed as several women online to lure men and rob them at locations near his home for more than a month. Over the course of five weeks, investigators say Austin allegedly “catfished” and robbed five men at gunpoint.
Austin would allegedly pose on the dating websiteas women named Candy, Lizzy and Love to meet his victims, Jake Wark of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office tells PEOPLE.
After talking to them, Austin would allegedly ask to meet them at apartment complexes close to his home. There, he would pull out a firearm, which police have yet to recover, and rob the men – taking their wallets, phones, watches and jewelry.
Austin has been charged with five counts each of armed robbery, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, and threats to commit a crime.
Austin was out on bail in connection with two other open burglary cases and was wearing a GPS monitor when he committed the alleged robberies. This helped police track him down and place him at the scene of the crimes.
“Victims notified police of the robberies and based on the descriptions and certain evidence, investigators had an idea of who had been responsible,” Wark tells PEOPLE. “As it turns out, he is also charged with a series of breaking and entering cases and as a condition of his bail, was ordered to wear a monitoring device.”
On Monday, Austin hid behind a door for the duration of his hearing. Since the case is based on eyewitness testimony, the defendant must remain out of sight away from the victims.
Police are currently investigating whether Austin may have committed additional robberies through.
Austin is being held without bail and has entered a plea of not guilty. He is due back in court on Dec. 18.
‘Candy, Lizzy And Love:’ Boston Man Allegedly Posed As Women On Dating Site To ‘Catfish’ And Rob Other Men