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Man accused of drugging Spencer County women he met on dating website

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SPENCER CO., IN (WFIE) -

A Kentucky man has been arrested following complaints from local women that he may have drugged them.

His arrest followed an investigation by the Indiana State Police and the Rockport City Police.

On August 10, a Spencer County woman met with 40-year-old Robert Chad Edwards of Cloverport, KY for dinner.

They had met and had been communicating on an online dating site. He told her he would cook their meal.

After eating the food that Edwards brought, the victim says she noticed an odd taste, her mouth began to burn, and she began to get drowsy.

On August 13 another Spencer County woman met with Edwards after communicating with him on the online dating site.

Edwards again volunteered to bring dinner but the victim declined.

Edwards did however bring her a drink. After drinking it the victim says she noticed it tasted funny and began to have a headache.

Before leaving her home, she says Edwards stole some of her personal items.

On Friday August 14, warrants were issued for Edwards' arrest.

With the help of the Cloverport Police Department Edwards was located and arrested. He was taken to the Breckinridge County Jail and waiting extradition back to Indiana.

"Fortunately neither victim was injured in these cases and thankfully they came forward with the evidence to stop this guy," said Trooper Detective Rob Gardner.

ISP issues this warning about these kinds of incidents: "Although online dating sites have helped many people find friends and mates they can also be avenue for people with ill intent. The Indiana State Police recommend that you never meet someone in person that you have only met online. However, if you feel that you must meet the person that you have met online follow these safety tips:
• Don't give personal information i.e. home address, phone numbers
• Meet the person in a public place
• Do not invite people to your home
• Take a friend with you
• Do not leave food or drinks unattended"


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