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Cops nab armed man accused of robbing prostitute he met online

Cary Ashby • Jan 6, 2013 at 2:01 PM

An armed man accused of robbing a woman he met online for sex was arrested Thursday in Wakeman.

The Wakeman Police Department stopped a gray Mazda for speeding at 3:50 p.m.

"After the plate was ran through the LEADS database, it was discovered that the vehicle had been reported stolen at gun point in the city of Maple Heights on Jan. 2," Chief Tim Hunker said.

At that point, Wakeman officers and the state Highway Patrol performed a felony stop on the vehicle.

The male driver, Thornton Guinea, 25, of East Cleveland, and female passenger, Diana Gore, 37, also of the Cleveland area, were taken into custody without incident. The pair were stopped on their way back to Cleveland.

"Guinea was dressed in a security uniform with a handgun in a holster on his duty belt. The handgun was confiscated as evidence along with his duty gear. The handgun was reported as loaded with one round in the chamber," Hunker said.

Both occupants were transported to the police station for further questioning.

"At the police department, Guinea told police that on Jan. 2, he had robbed two people in Maple Heights while he was at their residence," Hunker said.

"He advised that he had met a female on the Internet and went to meet her for sex. She wanted the money up front. After the act, he robbed her of the money that he had just given her and robbed a male of his vehicle. He then picked up Gore at her work and allegedly drove to Nashville, Tenn. to get away from the Cleveland area," the chief said.

The case was turned over to the Maple Heights Police Department. Guinea was arrested on multiple charges and Gore was released, pending the investigation.

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