A woman has come forward with a shocking story of being allegedly robbed at gunpoint by a man who then made an unusual request: he demanded that she add him on Facebook and even asked her out on a date.
Amber Beraun recounts the harrowing incident involving Damien Boyce, who not only took her money but also insisted on becoming friends on Facebook, citing her attractiveness as the reason.
Beraun shared her experience and stated that Boyce offered to reimburse her for the robbery because he found her “pretty.” He then proceeded to ask her if she would like to hang out with him.
One can’t help but think that there are far more appropriate ways to pursue a romantic connection than resorting to armed robbery. It seems clear that this is not the best approach for winning someone’s heart.
The incident occurred on May 8 in Indianapolis when Beraun was checking her mailbox outside her home.
Boyce approached her and brandished a gun, coercing her into surrendering her cash.
However, he went a step further and demanded that she add him on Facebook. In messages sent through the social media platform, Boyce expressed admiration for Beraun’s appearance and invited her to spend time with him.
Recalling the frightening encounter, Beraun stated, “He took [the gun] out of his pocket to show me what was going on — [he said] let me into your house. I did not do that.”
Despite refusing entry to her house, Beraun handed over approximately $100 in cash. However, this did not satisfy the alleged criminal, who continued to insist, all while keeping her at gunpoint, that she become his Facebook friend.
Understandably, Beraun complied, hoping that by adding him on Facebook, Boyce would leave her alone. Fortunately, he did.
“I thought if maybe I added him on Facebook, he would leave, and he did,” Beraun explained.
However, the messages she received from Boyce took a flirtatious turn, with him claiming that he would repay her because of her looks.
One message read, “Look, you know I’mma pay you back. It’s a f***** up way to meet someone, but d*** you wass too pretty to rob.” Beraun responded, expressing her belief in him and acknowledging that times can be tough.
Boyce continued his pursuit, inviting her to spend time with him, claiming he was not interested in any negative behavior.
Beraun, who is in a relationship, politely declined, stating, “I do have a man. You know I can’t do that LOL. I wish you the best, though.”
Following the incident, Beraun expressed feeling unsafe in her own home.
She shared her concerns, saying, “He really tried to rob me of my own things, but he took away my sense of safety from my own home. It makes me a little on edge knowing that people walk up and down the street, looking for places to commit crimes. It makes it a little different when you hear noises at night.”
Boyce has been charged with gunpoint robbery and is currently released on a bail bond of $7,500. He has also been arrested in connection with another robbery on June 12, facing additional charges of burglary, unlawful possession of a weapon, criminal recklessness, and battery.
Authorities allege that Boyce shot two individuals and assaulted another with a brick. They claim that he barricaded himself inside a building but ultimately surrendered to the SWAT team.