Men Charged With Using Grindr App To Target Gay Men

Four men have been charged with federal hate crime and conspiracy charges after they allegedly targeted gay men.

Four men in the Dallas area have been indicted for using Grindr to target robbery victims. According to CBS DFW, four men from Frisco, Texas have been charged with federal hate crime and conspiracy charges after they allegedly targeted gay men.

Anthony Shelton, 19; Nigel Garrett, 21; Chancler Encalade, 20; and Cameron Ajiduah, 18, were all named in the indictment yesterday that charged them with conspiring to attack men because of the sexual orientation. Garrett and Shelton are seen in the image above. Per the indictment, the men are believed to have used Grindr to meet men under false romantic pretenses. The meet-ups turned into four home invasions in Plano, Frisco and Aubrey.

Once they entered the homes, the defendants reportedly assaulted and restrained the men and made homophobic statements. The defendants were armed and stole property including cars.

The defendants are charged with conspiracy, kidnapping, carjacking and possession of a firearm. If convicted of the hate crimes, there's a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison.

[Photo: NBCDFW]

 

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