Twenty-seven-year-old Adam Hilarie met 18-year-old Hailey Bustos on the dating site PlentyOfFish.com. Just one night after they went on their first date in Auburndale, Florida, police found Hilarie dead in his kitchen in what they now believe was an armed robbery that Bustos facilitated, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Hilarie and Bustos reportedly had a great first date; the pair went bowling and then back to his apartment where she met his roommate. Almost immediately after he dropped her back home, she texted him, “I had a good time and would like to see you again.” According to the Sentinel, Bustos showed up at his apartment as planned the next evening, but she brought three men with her.
After the men reportedly overpowered Hilarie and got into his apartment, “Hilarie was begging for his life, he was not putting up any kind of fight, and was telling them that he had a 5-year-old daughter,” arrest reports obtained by the Sentinel read. The Washington Post reports the men took Hilarie’s TVs, his XBox, and his iPhone after one of them shot him in the head and killed him.
All three men - and Bustos - have been arrested. Police also told the Post that Bustos was paid $50 in cash for assisting with the robbery. Though they provided no further details, investigators also said Bustos had been involved in at least one other robbery similar to this one in the past. It’s unclear if Hilarie’s 5-year-old daughter Lajaya was in the apartment at the time of the robbery and shooting.
Hilarie’s brother Johnny Jackson told the Post that Hilarie had only been on the dating site about two months, as that was when he had broken up with his last girlfriend. Most tragically though is how Hilarie is survived by Lajaya: “He really loved his daughter. That was his world.”
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