Police: Woman seduced date out of clothes, then robbed him
By MARLEE GINTERKOMO-TV STAFF
EVERETT -- How's this for a date from hell? A woman seduces you, leaves you naked and takes off with your valuables, including your car.
Police say that's just what Ashley Dawson did to an unsuspecting man.
The alleged victim, Andrew Scarbrough, says it appears he went looking for love in all the wrong places, including the Internet. He hoped he'd found love when he met a woman on MySpace.
The two met in person and went back to his place. He says they began to get intimate and shed their clothes. That's when things went wrong in a hurry.
"We went back to my house and next thing I knew she took my car, my cell phone, my wallet, my keys and my laptop," he said.
Scarbrough says 19-year-old Dawson lured him into the shower and told him she had a surprise.
"After about a minute, I went, 'Wait a second, something's not right here.' Jumped out and she was already gone," he said.
Dawson never came back, but the bad date wasn't over yet.
Police found Scarbrough's Mustang and towed it back to him. But Dawson stole it again a month later while it was parked outside Scarbrough's workplace, according to prosecutors.
Investigators found the Mustang at a Red Robin restaurant. They also found Dawson getting out of the car and placed her under arrest.
Dawson appeared in court on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to theft charges.
Scarbrough says he would've run after Dawson the first time around, clothes or no clothes, if he'd caught onto her just a few moments sooner.
"I have no problem doing that," he said. "I'd be like, 'Nope, my car.' I'll take the indecent exposure. I'll chase her down."
But Scarbrough, once bitten and twice shy, isn't so bold about dating again.
"Just reinforce that you can't trust anyone anymore. There's just no point," he said.
Scarbrough says he "feels bad" for Dawson.
Dawson was convicted of residential burglary two years ago. Her trial for this alleged romantic ripoff starts in February.