A hookup between two men on a gay dating app in New York City has left one dead. As the NY Daily News reports, 42-year-old David Haigh of Pennsylvania went to Brooklyn to meet 41-year-old James Johnson. The consensual encounter in April took a deadly turn and left Johnson fatally stabbed.
The two men met on the app on the online dating and chat app called “Jack’d.” Haigh, pictured above, was hanging out with Johnson, pictured below, and then went back to his apartment. Haigh reportedly felt threatened and then admitted to repeatedly stabbing Johnson in his chest and body. Prosecutors have charged him with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.
But Haigh's defense has indicated in court docs that something more may have occurred. “An unnamed victim indicated that what started out as a consensual encounter with Johnson quickly turned into a nightmare,” stated a motion filed by defense attorney Thomas Andrykovitz.
The NY Daily News shares that at the time of the incident, Johnson was under a separate investigation by the New York Police Department (NYPD) on criminal sexual assault charges, based upon an incident that occurred just nine days prior. It's unclear what motivated the stabbing between Haigh and Johnson.
If convicted, Haigh faces 25 years to life in prison. The NY Daily News notes that Haigh is a former model and community theater actor who lives with his sister.
Founded in 2011, Jack'd says that it's a global network of 1.2 million guys that spans 2,000 cities in 180 countries.