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Ore. Man Who Found Victims on Chat Lines Sentenced

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PORTLAND, Ore. – A robber who found his Portland victims through gay chat lines and pretended to be interested in romance or sex has been sentenced to more than 14 years in prison.

Investigators said 35-year-old Elijah Whitney Cohens II had four victims earlier this year, ranging from their 20 to their 60s, and each time pretended once he met them to be a policeman.

The Oregonian reports that investigators tracked him down through a cigarette butt that had DNA matching an entry in the state database from his previous convictions, which included robbery, forgery, assault and burglary.

Cohens pleaded guilty to robbery, burglary and impersonating an officer. Judge Angel Lopez sentenced him to 150 months and ordered him to pay $7,000 in restitution.

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