A 22-year-old man has been accused of robbing three men that he lured into meeting through a gay men’s dating website in his hometown of Roosevelt over the past week.

Nassau County police arrested Marquise Utsey on Wednesday and charged him with three counts of robbery and a fourth count of prostitution after he allegedly offered to perform a sex act on an undercover detective, authorities said.

Utsey, who used the screen name “HUGE12” on the website Adam4Adam, allegedly robbed his first victim of cash and an iPhone after threatening to shoot him on Valentine Street on Dec. 29, police said.

Two days later, Utsey argued with a second victim he met on Beechwood Avenue before stealing the victim’s cell phone and again fleeing the scene, police said.

And then on Jan. 3, police said Utsey allegedly robbed a third man of cash at knifepoint on East Roosevelt Street.

Utsey will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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First Squad detectives ask any possible victims of any similar incidents to contact them at 516-573-6152.


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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.