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Police: woman offered sex to set man up for attack

By By Erin Beck
Staff writer
Courtesy South Charleston Police Department

A South Charleston woman is wanted for robbery after setting a man up for an attack by inviting him to her home for sex, police said.

Cortney Cain, 19, allegedly set up the June 16 attack at a home on Elm Street through online messages, South Charleston Detective Aaron Cook said.

After the target, Kristofer Keller, arrived, he was allegedly attacked by two men who stole his iPhone, watch and pocket knife.

Keller reported the attack to police on June 20.

He had bruises on both arms and the right side of his face at the time, a release said.

Cain agreed to be interviewed by police and said that Brandon Bandy and another man, identified as Zachary Harrison in the release, were the assailants.

Cook said he obtained arrest warrants for Bandy and Harrison and arranged a meeting through Facebook by posing as a potential buyer of the stolen iPhone.

Both Bandy and Harrison testified that Cain set up the robbery, Cook said.

“Both the guys had the same story,” he said.

Harrison estimated that Cain and another female may have set up similar robberies 25 times.

Cook obtained a search warrant so he was able to access approximately 170 of Cain’s conversations.

“There were definitely other guys that had been ripped off,” he said.

In some of the conversations Cain offered sex for money, Cook said.

Messages with Keller that Cook viewed did not mention any exchange of money.

No other victims had come forward Thursday.

Reach Erin Beck at or 304-348-5163.

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