A teenage girl and her friends tried to take justice into their own hands in an attempt to ensnare an adult male suspected of hooking up with minors.
However, the plan backfired. One of the teens, a 17-year-old, wound up being kidnapped by Robert Dreyfus, the alleged sex offender and subject of the amateur sting operation.
The youngsters planned to expose Dreyfus for sending unsolicited material to minors through a social media platform to have sex with them.
They hoped to gain information to turn over to law enforcement as evidence to prosecute the 32-year-old male suspect.
WTAP reported that the girls contacted Dreyfus and exchanged messages with him on the app before arranging to meet with him at a shopping center in Vista, California.
Sheriff’s officials said the alleged pedophile “convinced the 17-year-old victim to get into his vehicle to talk” and then drove off without her consent.
Redditors were taken aback and commented on the incident.
“Wtf, I find it crazy she got in a car. They already had the guy dead to rights. They are playing a very dangerous game.” – Diocleatian
“Rule #1 of traps: Don’t fall into your own trap.” – Random-Rambling
“Theres a reason actual police STINGS lure these guys to set up houses crawling with law enforce and never use actual minors in their setups, because these guys are unpredictable and will do anything to get away, and law enforcement has trained and gone over the takedown plan multiple times.” – BanjotK
“If only there was a group of paid professionals you could summon, who would show up with guns and body armor, if you pressed, say, 3 buttons on your magic touchy/talky glass thing.” – NSA_Chatbot
The illusion of invulnerability of adolescence was cited.
“Im 16 and a genius. Afraid im going to become a moron next year.” – jim5cents
“Can confirm was 17 once and a total moron. I still cringe today sometimes when i think about the sh*t i did. I am 35 now.” – itsforhismum
Fortunately, the girl was smart enough to contact her friends through phone messages, and they were able to report the kidnapping by calling 911.
Dreyfus complied with authorities after they reached him on his cellphone. He pulled over on E. Vista Way near Corvalla Drive, several blocks from where the incident started and ran off, leaving behind the teen captive.
She was unharmed.
Deputies arrested Dreyfus and booked him into the Vista Detention Facility for kidnapping charges, sending harmful matter to a minor and communication with a minor with intent to commit further offenses.
Jan Ronis, a criminal defense attorney, told the news outlet:
“This was really dangerous and something that’s best left to professionals in law enforcement.”
Ronis added that the teens’ entrapment of Dreyfus would complicate the case further in court.
“Normally, law enforcement runs these operations. The solicitation is recorded. The conversations and meeting places are surveilled. This is a bunch of kids.”
This Redditor agreed about the teens’ possibly complicating the criminal case.
“A lot of people don’t realize these – least of all these idiots – but you could inadvertently end up helping the guy out by doing isht like this.”
“If they had any credible evidence that he was trying to solicit minors, they should’ve turned it over to the police right then and there, not gone down the Chris Hansen route.”
“It’s extremely dangerous to do so if you don’t know what you’re doing. And since one of them was so naive as to actually get in this guy’s car, they clearly hadn’t got a bloody clue what they were doing.” – Viking_Mana
At the end of the day, there’s this:
According to SDSO, Dreyfus posted bail at $175,000 and is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 15.
The incident should serve as a reminder that matters of the law should be handled by authorities and not civilians, especially not children.
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