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He went on a date. Then her friends robbed and killed him, cops say

3 men, 1 woman arrested in death of Auburndale man

Auburndale police have arrested four people in connection with the murder of 27-year-old Adam Hilarie after he allegedly met one of the suspects on a dating website.
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Auburndale police have arrested four people in connection with the murder of 27-year-old Adam Hilarie after he allegedly met one of the suspects on a dating website.

On Adam Hilarie’s first date with a woman he met online, he went bowling. The next night, they met up again, and he ended up dead.

The 27-year-old Central Florida man was killed Friday when his date from the PlentyOfFish online service, and three men, came back to his house to rob him, Auburndale police told The Orlando Sentinel.

Hilarie was shot in the head and died on his kitchen floor.

After their bowling date, police said the pair went back to Hilarie’s house. The Sentinel reported his date texted him: “I had a good time and would like to see you again.”

Cops said 18-year-old Hailey Bustos, who was paid $50 to arrange the theft of Hilarie’s TVs, Xbox and iPhone, returned hours later for the robbery with three friends. Somehow, it escalated.

"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," according to a police report obtained by the Sentinel.

Deputy Chief Andy Ray said that Bustos was arrested in a separate burglary after a tip from a witness who saw Bustos and Hilarie together. Andre Warner, 26, Joshua Ellington, 26, and Gary Gray, 31, were also arrested and, like Bustos, charged with first-degree murder, robbery with a firearm and conspiracy to commit murder.

On his Facebook page, Hilarie posted Snapchat selfies with his daughter captioned “My princess my world,” “My beautiful baby” and “Daddy’s girl.”

Alex Harris: 305-376-5005, @harrisalexc

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