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MySpace used to ID rape, robbery suspects

A story out of Boulder, Colo., today might be of particular interest to those who meet people through social networking sites, or at least their parents in the case of young MySpace users.

Six men were arrested in connection with the rape and robbery of a woman who they had become acquainted with through MySpace, authorities told The Associated Press. The group met for a party that turned violent, with blood left in almost every room and some $40,000 in electronics, jewelry, clothing and other items taken, the story said.

Detectives used profiles on MySpace to identify the men, although a seventh suspect is still being sought, the story said.

Such stories of both victims targeted and perpetrators fingered through MySpace are increasingly being told. Just a couple of weeks ago, two men were arrested in Connecticut on charges they had illegal sexual contact with minors they met through MySpace, Reuters said.