Oklahoma City police have arrested a man they say lured others to a house through Grindr, held them at gunpoint, and robbed them.
Deaunte Romaine McPherson, 31, was arrested Sunday, The Oklahoman reports. He is charged with robbery while using a firearm as well as kidnapping. But police said others were involved in the crime, and they are searching for additional suspects.
Police said at least five men were lured to the house through the gay dating and hookup app the evening of September 8. The police received several calls that evening and soon realized they were related.
The victims were held in the house’s garage and told to sit in a chair or lie on the floor while being ordered to turn over their cash, credit cards, cell phones, and other valuables, such as car keys and vehicle titles. One man said his car was stolen, The Oklahoman reports. Another, who was able to flee the scene, said the kidnappers pursued him and fired at least one gunshot. Because of this distraction, the others managed to escape, locat TV station KFOR reports.
“All of the victims described a creepy scene,” according to KFOR, and some said they feared they would be killed. "There was only one light in that garage and a couple of victims actually described stepping over what they thought was trash and it turned out to be several of the other … victims who were lying on the floor,” Officer Megan Morgan told the station.
Police are searching for two other men and a woman in connection with the crime.