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Hook Up Holdups: Police say suspect robbed men after sexual relations

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A valley man is accused of going online and hooking up with strangers, but Phoenix police say he did more than that -- they say after he hooked up with them, he would attack and rob his victims.

Police say more victims could be out there, but they're too embarrassed to come forward.

Detectives started investigating the crimes back in June.  Now they have the suspect in custody, but say there are more suspects and victims who still have not been identified.

Police say this man is behind a sick scheme.  26-year-old Luis Miguel Valenzuela allegedly lured men to meet with him through hook up web sites and phone apps, then robed them at gunpoint.

"We understand that this suspect would meet individuals in their home, he would engage in sexual activity with them.. after they completed their act, he would begin an armed robbery," said Sgt. Steve Martos.

Police will not confirm the web sites and phone apps used, though we have been able to identify two of the sites as Grinder and Adam for Adam -- sites where men can find other men to have relations with.

At least four victims targeted on these sties have come forward, but police fear there may be as many as 40 other victims who have not reported the crimes.

"Unfortunately, the victims understand.. the suspects know where they live.. they were victimized in their own home," said Martos.

Detectives arrested Valenzuela in July, but are now looking for more suspects involved in the string of armed robberies.

"While he's committing the robbery, somewhere between two to five suspects would enter the home and then they would begin to collect valuables and items inside the home," said Martos.

Police are reminding those on social media to take extra caution.  Meet in public and don't invite strangers, no matter what their profile may say -- into your home.

"We would recommend that if you are going to meet someone, let a family member know so that they have some contact throughout the night that you are supposed to be with an unknown individual," said Martos.

Police are asking anyone if they recognize the suspect and believe they are a victim to come forward and report the crime.

If you have any information about this case, call the Phoenix Police at (602) 256-4362.

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