Atlanta burglars targeting victims on gay dating application, police advise

The man, Daniel Jenkins, was part of a team that utilized the application Grindr to draw gay guys to an apartment complex in Dallas to rob and also attack them, prosecutors claimed.

  • Atlanta burglars targeting victims on gay dating application, police advise
  • Atlanta burglars targeting victims on gay dating application, police advise

    They satisfied a person on a preferred dating application, started chatting as well as at some point consented to go out. After that the unwary sufferers were robbed by that individual and hijacked at gunpoint on their first days.

    Authorities are warning participants of Atlanta's LGBT neighborhood to stay cautious following a string of break-ins that started as discussions on the prominent gay dating application Grindr. Private investigators stated numerous men have actually been burglarized in current months as well as believe there may be extra victims that have not come forward.

    At a press conference Wednesday, Atlanta police said they  have actually recognized at the very least eight people who were held up under similar circumstances because February, calling it "a really worrying pattern."

    The men normally introduce themselves on Grindr before chatting up their targets, getting their telephone number and also taking the conversations offline. At some point, they ask them out.

    "From February to May, we have actually had 8 circumstances where male targets were drawn to remote places by utilize of the Grindr app," stated Sgt. Rodney Jones, who operates in APD's break-in unit. "After the day wraps up, the suspect will rob the sufferer, usually taking their purses, keys or perhaps vehicles."

    Late last month, one guy claimed he was hijacked by a person he met on the app after picking up the suspect and driving him to an location off Hightower Road. Soon after they arrived, however, his day pulled out a weapon and also told him: " Provide me the vehicle and everything you got."

    The suspect after that drove off in the target's vehicle, authorities said. The car was later recouped, yet investigators are still attempting to identify that is accountable for the string of break-ins.

    The majority of the incidents have actually happened in northwest Atlanta, however some have actually occurred in Area 3 in the city's southeastern quadrant, authorities said. The targets are typically lured to remote areas after their days and afterwards burglarized.

    "The individual usually has a handgun," Jones claimed. "They're on a regular day, and also after the day ends they'll just burglarize the person of their possessions."

    Cops believe someone is accountable for a lot of the robberies in Zone 1 as well as said added suspects are most likely associated with the Zone 3 break-ins. Investigators said they have linked numerous burglaries to a specific Grindr profile, but decreased to clarify at Wednesday's press conference, mentioning the ongoing investigation.

    Police Officer Eric King, the department's LGBT intermediary, stated there are numerous points individuals can do to safeguard themselves when meeting a person for the very first time.

    "Find a partner or a buddy that you trust that you can notify when you're going to satisfy someone," King stated. "Meet at a supermarket. Meet at a public place before you reunite someplace much more intimate."

    If somebody refuses to FaceTime before a initial date or demands meeting in an isolated area, it may be a arrangement. King stated locals are still urged to day online and also go about their lives. He just wants them to be much more mindful.

    Any person with details regarding the suspects, including those who might have been burglarized on a current day, is asked to call Atlanta police. For victims that may be hesitant regarding coming forward, King said police officers agree ahead to them.

    "We deal with everybody with self-respect," Maj. D'Andrea Price claimed. "We want to quit these criminal activities that (are) being done to our in some cases at risk populace."

    Tipsters can remain confidential, as well as be eligible for benefits of as much as $2,000, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting details to 274637 or seeing the Criminal offense Stoppers site.

    Keep in mind: Atlanta authorities claimed 2 photos that were launched and also included in earlier variations of this tale were not of the suspects.