Police arrest 4 teens for successful and attempted robberies by way of Tinder

Joseph Schulz, Managing Editor

Four teenagers were arrested Thursday in connection with a string of successful and attempted robberies that occurred near UW Oshkosh between Oct. 19 and Nov. 2, according to an Oshkosh Police Department press release.

Two perpetrators were 16 years old, one was 15 years old and another was 14 years old. All were charged with robbery and the police say the investigation is still ongoing.

The robberies all occurred between 7:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. on the 700 block of Cherry Street, the 400 block of Scott Avenue, the 1200 block of Kentucky Street and near the intersection of Cherry and Scott streets.

Both the Oct. 19 robbery and the Nov. 2 attempted robbery involved victims messaging a stranger on the dating app Tinder and the stranger arranging a meeting.

Once the victims arrived at the location, they were approached by several teenagers who proceeded to rob or attempt to rob them.

The Oct. 27 attempted robbery near Cherry Street and Scott Avenue and the Oct. 29 robbery in the 400 block of Scott Avenue both involved victims walking alone when they were approached by a group of teenagers who robbed or attempted to rob them.

Victims in all of the incidents were physically assaulted and reported minor injuries. No weapons were involved. The victims in all the incidents were males.

Police urge citizens to walk in groups when out at night, stay in lighted public areas and to be vigilant of their surroundings at all times.

University Police Lt. Trent Martin sent an email to all UWO students alerting them to the incidents near campus.

“The safety of our campus community is our No. 1 priority,” Martin’s email said. “We always strive to provide information quickly to help ensure the safety of the campus community.”

The email encouraged students to download the UWO Mobile app, take advantage of UWO Go and plan ahead when walking at night.

This story was updated on Nov. 7, 2019 to include the arrests of four teenagers.