Dating app leads to NorCal robbery

CHICO — A man who went to a Chico apartment with the promise of meeting a girl he met while using an online dating app was injured when he was robbed at knife-point by a man and woman last night, Saturday, Feb 2. The victim managed to escape the apartment after he was robbed of all his money.  

As a result of their investigation, Chico PD officers arrested two people, a man and woman later identified as Keoni Lewis, 21, and Madison Wiltshire, 21, and both were later booked into jail on a variety of felony charges.  


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Chico police officers responded to the Timber Creek Apartments at 1253 W. 5th St. shortly after 8:30 p.m., after receiving a report of a robbery at the complex, according to Chico Police Department.

When officers arrived in the area, they found a man who told them he had just fled from an apartment where he had been robbed at knife-point.

“Officers learned that he had been lured there on the premise of a date via a dating app,” Chico PD explained. “Once inside the apartment, the man was threatened at knife-point by both the girl he had come to see and another man.”

Keoni Lewis, 21, and Madison Wiltshire, 21, were arrested last night after allegedly robbing a man who police say they had lured to their apartment using an online dating app. CPD photos

“They took the victim’s money and he managed to get away, though he did suffer a small cut to his neck,” said officials. Officials did not specify if the man’s injuries required treatment or hospitalization. They also did not provide the victim’s name, age, or where he lived.

Based on their investigation and evidence recovered at the apartment, officers arrested Lewis and Wiltshire. Both were booked into jail on suspicion of robbery, assault with great bodily injury and other charges, according to CPD officials.

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Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.