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Four Men Charged With Using Grindr to Attack Gay Men

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The four, from a Dallas suburb, are accused of assaulting and robbing gay men after arranging meetings via the app.

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Four men from a Dallas suburb have been indicted on federal hate-crimes charges, alleging that they used Grindr to gain access to the homes of gay men, then assaulted and robbed them.

A federal grand jury Wednesday indicted Nigel Garrett, 21; Chancler Encalade, 20; Anthony Shelton, 19; and Cameron Ajiduah, 18, on charges of conspiracy, kidnapping, carjacking, firearms possession, and hate crimes, The Dallas Morning News reports. All four live in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, and the home invasions took place in Frisco and two other suburbs, Plano and Aubrey, in January and February of this year, the paper reports.

According to the indictment, they posed as gay men on Grindr and arranged meetings at their victims' homes. Once there, the defendants, who were armed, restrained their victims, made antigay remarks, and stole valuable items, including vehicles, the indictment notes.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.