We have written time and time again about being careful when hooking up on gay social media app’s. Maybe this will finally get your attention?
Police in Oklahoma City has released a body camera video of a Grindr scene that can only be described as a “house of horrors.” Five men contacted police after arriving at a house expecting to meet someone from the app. But instead, they were robbed and held hostage.
Each man describes a similar experience: after an exchange of messages, a Grindr user invited them to a small house in the city. When they entered, they found it crammed with a bed and clothing. An assailant would then hold the victims at gunpoint, robbing them of everything from money to their cars. Victims then had to lay on the floor while the assailant robbed yet another victim. According to witnesses, this happened about every 15 minutes. When one victim ran, the robbers chased after him, allowing the other prisoners to escape.
31-year old Deaunte McPherson was arrested and charged with robbery and kidnapping. Police are currently searching for three additional people involved, one woman and two men.
As we’ve stressed before you have to be careful, especially with discreet meet-ups. Police suggest that you insist on a picture and a cell phone number, and store the information in a cloud account. This ensures that if anything happens police might have something to go on.