A 23-year-old man in Colorado Springs, Colo., has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of a 30-year-old man he says he met on gay hookup app Grindr.
Fernando Rosales told police he first contacted Sean Crescentini on Grindr more than a month before the men first met in person on the early hours of August 15, reports The Gazette of Colorado Springs.
After a night out at a local bar, Rosales told police, he asked Crescentini to meet him at Rosales's home, getting a ride there from a friend because Rosales was "too intoxicated to drive," according to the arrest affidavit.
The Gazette describes what happened next:
"Crescentini arrived at his home and began performing oral sex on him while 'saying things to demean him,' Rosales told police. When he started to get dressed, Crescentini allegedly lunged at Rosales 'trying to intimidate him.'"
Rosales admitted to stabbing Crescentini once with a kitchen knife, alleging that the older man had already punched him in the face after Rosales told Crescentini he was going to give his license plate number to police.
"When a detective asked him if he thought of doing anything different, Rosales responded that he had thought about getting his gun," reports The Gazette.
Rosales has been charged with second-degree murder and is currently out on a $50,000 bond.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs sent out an alert informing members of what the group called the "hookup-related homicide," defining hookup-related violence as "violence that occurs within the context of a 'hook-up' for casual sex. Hook-up related violence can occur through hook-up websites, apps, cruising, sex parties, bars, and clubs, and can be connected to overlapping forms of violence, including hate violence, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence."