New Bedford Man Who Used His Girlfriend to Set Up Men for Robberies Sentenced to Prison
A 22-year-old New Bedford man who, with his girlfriend’s assistance, set up unsuspecting men via dating websites and then robbed them once they came to meet with the woman, was sentenced to serve up to four years in state prison, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.
Luis Santos pleaded guilty in Fall River Superior Court to indictments charging him with three counts of armed robbery.
This defendant, and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Kerstyn Gross, posted her photo and created a dating profile for her on various websites. On at least three separate occasions, this defendant would like in wait while his girlfriend would meet with men from the dating websites and then rob them at knifepoint.
The first reported incident occurred on January 31, 2019 in Dartmouth. The victim met Kerstyn Gross on a website called “Meet me.” He conversed with her on Facebook and Instagram, and they decided to meet for a date. Defendant Gross picked the victim up at his residence in her vehicle. While driving, she pretended to have a flat tire and stopped the vehicle. A male party, later identified as Defendant Santos, jumped out of the woods with a knife and robbed the victim. The defendant then entered into the vehicle with the co-defendant and fled the scene, leaving the victim stranded with no cash or cell phone. None of the stolen items were ever recovered from this incident.