Dating app Tampa rendezvous leads to woman being kidnapped

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Lake City Police officers arrested a man on Monday who allegedly kidnapped a woman in Tampa and drove her to Lake City after the two met via an online dating app.

Maxim Mark Dowd
Courtesy of LCPD Maxim Mark Dowd

According to a Lake City Police Department (LCPD) release, officers were dispatched at 7:19 p.m. to Brookdale Drive to the report of a person kidnapped. They arrested Maxim Mark Dowd, 29, of Tampa, on charges of kidnap-false imprisonment, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of more than one valid driver’s license and resisting an officer without violence.

The incident started Sunday evening when the victim said she met Dowd via an online dating app. After the two hung out together for a few minutes, the victim agreed to accompany Dowd to a convenience store. After leaving the store, the victim said she asked Dowd to take them home, but Dowd allegedly made excuses and drove to multiple locations in Central Florida attempting to meet other people. After Dowd left each location, the victim said she asked the suspect to take her home.

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Dowd then drove to Lake City to meet other people and the victim was able to alert a resident of a home that she had been driven from Tampa to Lake City against her will. The resident contacted law enforcement.

Dowd was arrested and taken to the Columbia County Detention Center.

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