ATLANTA, GA — (05-05-21) — Police are warning Gay men in the Atlanta area to remain cautious after 8 gay men have robbed at gunpoint after hooking up on the popular dating app Grindr. Detectives said in a news conference on Wednesday, that several men have been robbed in recent months and believe that there may be additional victims who have not come forward.
During the news conference on Wednesday Atlanta police said that gay men have been held up under similar circumstances since February, calling it “a very concerning pattern.”
“From February to May, we have had eight instances where male victims were lured to remote locations by use of the Grindr app,” said Sgt. Rodney Jones, who works in APD’s robbery unit. “After the date concludes, the suspect will rob the victim, often taking their wallets, keys or even vehicles.” said Jones.
Back in April, one of the victims told police that he was carjacked by someone he met on the dating app after picking up the suspect and driving him to an area off Hightower Road. However when they arrived at their destination, his date pulled out a gun and told him: “Give me the car and everything you got.”
Police said the young suspect then drove off in the victim’s which was later recovered.
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According to Sgt. Jones, most of the crimes have taken place in northwest Atlanta, but there have been several that took place in Zone 3 in the city’s southeastern quadrant.
Jones also said that victims are typically lured to remote locations after their dates and then robbed at gunpoint.
“The person typically has a handgun,” Jones said. “They’re on a normal date, and after the date concludes they’ll just rob the person of their belongings.”
Above are the photos released by Atlanta Police!
Anyone with information on these men are asked to contact the Atlanta Police Department at 1-404-546-7896.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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