These six dates didn’t exactly hit it off. Instead, they resulted in, theft, violence and tragedy.
1. HOSTAGE SITUATION
A 20-year-old college student in Kansas decided to meet up with a man she knew from Tinder in April 2016. They had met up once before in person. Her date picked her up at her sorority house on a Tuesday and didn’t come back until the next Monday, badly beaten. The student had two black eyes, a swollen head and bruises all over her body. She said that her Tinder date, 30-year-old Shane Steven Allen, held her against her will at his trailer and beat her for six days. He accused her of flirting with one of his friends and punched her in her right eye. According to the arrest affidavit, "Allen stated she could not go home until the swelling around her eyes reduced." In addition, one of the woman’s ankles was so swollen she didn’t think she’d be able to flee. Allen also choked her until she passed out and pressed his knee to her throat as she was on the floor. Police reported seeing "obvious bruising to her throat and jaw line, extending to her ears." Allen also put a knife to his own throat, and threatened to kill himself and the student. In order to be taken home, she promised Allen she wouldn’t call the police.
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An 18-year-old woman swiped right while housesitting a home in New Jersey in 2017. She invited the man to home and he brought along a friend. While the woman hung out with her date, his friend stole a laptop and the family's dog, a two-year-old white Maltese named Maggie.
3. ARMED ROBBERY
A man from Boulder, Colorado thought he was going on a date with a woman he matched with on Tinder in 2016. But, when he arrived at their arranged meeting place, he came face-to-face with man in a ski mask instead. The masked man robbed him at gunpoint, taking his cash, cell phone and keys.
4. LIVESTREAMED STABBING
A Canadian man thought he had made plans through Tinder to meet up with a woman in April 2017. He had hopes for a fun date, but instead he got beat up, robbed and even stabbed by three people. The assault was livestreamed from a home. A viewer who watched the attack online contacted police, who were able to locate the victim and his attackers. An 18-year-old man, a 44-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl were arrested in the incident.
5. 14-STORY FALL
Warriena Wright, 26, was visiting Australia from New Zealand when she met up with Gable Tostee in 2014, whom she matched with on Tinder. The two went on a date, which ended in Wright’s tragic death. She fell 14 stories from Tostee’s apartment balcony. Before her fall, the two drank and engaged in sex, according to Tostee. A 200-minute phone recording made by Tostee captured the two’s heated conversations. Prosecutors claimed that sounds on the recording were consistent with Tostee choking or strangling Wright. The woman is also heard pleading with her date to let her go home before he shouts “no” at her. He then shoved her on the balcony and locked the door. In 2016, 30-year-old Tostee was found not guilty of manslaughter. His defense attorneys had argued that Tostee had used reasonable force to subdue Wright, who had become “increasingly erratic.”
6. BRUTAL MURDER
A 26-year-old student named Francis Ruth Ibarra went missing in Central Mexico in 2016 after going on a Tinder date with Emmanuel Delani Valdez Bocangegra, also 26. Human bones were found on Bocangegra’s apartment balcony in garbage bags. Beside the bags, police found hydrochloric acid. Authorities believed that he killed Ibarra after refused to have sex with him. Then, he allegedly dissolved her body in acid.