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Grindr robberies being investigated as hate crime

Joseph McCormick January 20, 2018
Grindr, the gay dating app

Code words and symbols are used to refer to drugs on the app (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Police in the US are investigating a string of assaults which were organised through dating app Grindr.

Dallas police said they are investigating the assaults which arose after victims arranged to meet with people on the app.

The assaults took place in December and victims were lured to an apartment where they were robbed and beaten.

Grindr (Leon Neal/Getty Images)
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All of the robberies and assaults, which are being investigated as hate crimes, involved the app.

Police in Dallas have already said they have one person in custody.

They say they are looking into other suspects, but that there are others to be identified.

A suspect was described as a 17-year-old Latin male.

Authorities have asked those with information to contact Detective Jarc on 214.671.3584 or local police.

A third man last year pleaded guilty to hate crime charges after using Grindr to find and attack gay men.

Chancler Encalade, 20, pleaded guilty to assaulting a man because of the victim’s sexual orientation. 

Encalade admitted that he and three other men used Grindr to arrange to find a victim and arrange a ‘meet-up’ for sex at the victim’s home.

Four men were also charged with federal hate crime and conspiracy charges for allegedly targeting gay men in home invasions.

The men, all from Frisco, Texas, were indicted on the crimes for which they could face up to life in prison. 

An 18-count indictment was returned by a grand jury against Anthony Shelton, 19; Nigel Garrett, 21; Chancler Encalade, 20; and Cameron Ajiduah, 18.

More: Assault, Grindr, US

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