Police: Two Men Robbed after Trying to Pay for Sex

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

HARRISONBURG, Va -- According to an affidavit for a search warrant by Harrisonburg Police, the victims said on Oct. 28th, they were going to visit a friend at his apartment off of Hunters Rd when they were approached by two women. They said the women offered to have sex with them for $200, which both victims agreed to pay.

The victims left to get money out of the ATM and then went back to meet with the women. As they were walking to the apartment, two men wearing masks came out and robbed them at gunpoint in the breezeway of the complex. They said the women disappeared.

Police have arrested the two women in connection to the robbery. Tara Hodgins and Renita Wright are charged with two counts of conspiring to commit a robbery and two counts of robbery in the second degree.

Police also arrested the two men accused of robbing the victims. James Davis is charged with two counts of conspiring to rob someone and two counts of robbery. Jacary Moore is charged with conspiring to commit a robbery and having a gun as a convicted felon.

Neighbors said the police should do more to prevent these crimes from happening.

"After so many instances occurred, the police need to have more of a presence there, whether it's night patrol or just an occasional drive by so the community feels their presence and feels more safe," said Philip Pierce, a James Madison University graduate student, who lives in the Hunters Ridge complex.

Pierce said after all of these crimes, he and his friends walk in groups at night and make sure their doors are locked at all times.

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