SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - Investigators believe a Houma couple murdered a Slidell man after tricking him into a date while communicating online.
On Cordaryle Robert's Facebook page, there is picture after picture of his Escalade on 30-inch rims. It is the same Escalade that was stolen from Roberts, put on blocks and later found burned in a Lafourche Parish cane field near Thibodeaux early Saturday morning.
Investigators said it was Robert's Facebook page that caught the eye of his accused killers, Terrance Calloway and Dana Lemar.
"The case started as a Facebook date that was intended to be a rip or robbery," Jefferson Parish Newell Normand said.
Investigators said last Friday, Lemar contacted Robert on Facebook for a date. Detectives said Robert agreed, and the two met that Friday night in Slidell.
According to police, Robert then left Slidell in the Escalade and headed to Harvey because Lemar told him she had a family member in Harvey who needed help in the 4100 block of Peters Road.
But investigators believe it was a ruse to get Robert alone and rob him.
"It was at that point that the victim was shot and killed, and it was that point then that both vehicles, the vehicle that they were in and the vehicle of the victim, left that scene," Normand said.
On Wednesday, authorities discovered Robert's body in a ditch along Peters Road.
Near where the burned Escalade was found, investigators also found a cup from a specific convenience store in St. Charles Parish. Authorities believe Calloway stopped at the store to get a drink after killing Robert and before dumping his car.
Lafourche Sheriff Craig Webre said Calloway was caught on video surveillance at the store.
"It shows the suspect going in the store, purchasing a drink that the cup was in and coming out of the store in his physical appearance and attire," Webre said.
Houma Police arrested Lemar and Calloway late Wednesday night at their home in the Daniel Turner Trailer Park.
"You never know who you're dealing with when you're dealing with folks on the internet," Normand said. "We've all heard stories all across this country of not only murders, but kidnappings, robberies and bad things happening to people that put themselves in a very bad way by virtue of meeting people on dating websites, communicating through Facebook, and other situations like that, and you really need to be a heck of a lot more cautious when you're doing that."
On Robert's page, he's also posted video of himself counting stacks of bills and flashing money around for everyone to see. It is those types of posts on any platform that Tulane University social media expert Ashley Nelson said have the potential to make someone a target for criminals.
"You've got to treat it as same the same way you would your personal life, with the personal information you give out. There's security settings on there. There's certain things that you do so that only certain people see certain information," Nelson said. "Right now, people are just so willing to put everything out there."
Nelson said a good way to see what others can see about your personal information is to Google your name.
Investigators are still trying to determine if Calloway and Lemar targeted anyone else using this method on Facebook.