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Female suspect in BackPage.com robbery identified

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Police identified a woman they said helped rob a man after meeting him on BackPage.com.

But, one person who knows the woman, but wanted to remain anonymous, said it's all a misunderstanding.

"It's some sort of misunderstanding," she said.

The woman who knows Alana Wigley said she was not part of a robbery that happened in May.

According to police, Wigley robbed a 27-year-old who answered an advertisement on BackPage.com.

Wigley, who placed the ad under the name Paige Passion, said in the advertisement that she "would blow your mind. Sweet and sex 100% real and professional. 24."

She was charging $200 for her services.

Wigley's friend said the woman didn't need to rob anyone. 

"She makes a living you know. Why would she do that? She makes her living in her hotel room," Wigley's acquaintance said. 

Police said the robbery happened on the third floor of the Value Place on Shelby Oaks Drive. The victim went to the room and paid the $200 fee. After 45 minutes, a man using a room key came in and punched the victim in the eye.

The male suspect then took the man's wallet and gave it to Wigley. Police said she took four credit cards and tossed it back to the male suspect.

The victim's phone was also stolen. 

The male suspect was identified as Barron Edding. Wigley told police he was her boyfriend.

Police said Edding hit the victim a few more times then threw him out of the motel room.  Police were able to identify Wigley from BackPage.com and Wigley gave police Edding's name.

The victim got his phone and wallet back.

Police said the Organized Crime Unit investigates cases on the website and is trying to stop the illegal activity.

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