A Texas man has been jailed for 15 years after he was convicted of using dating app Grindr to seek out and attack gay men.
21-year-old Nigel Garrett used a fake profile to arrange a hook-up at his victim’s home.
He would turn up to his victims home, overpower them tying him up with tape, physically assaulting him, whilst screaming anti-gay slurs at gunpoint, Garrett and three other Dallas-area men would steal valuables and then escape.
According to The Dallas Morning News, Garrett and the other men are responsible for four home invasions in North Texas, in Plano, Frisco, and Aubrey, over a three-week period early last year.
A Department of Justice press release stated: ‘Garrett admitted that he, Anthony Shelton, and Chancler Encalade used Grindr… to arrange to meet the victim at the victim’s home.
‘Upon entering the victim’s home, the defendants restrained the victim with tape. [They] physically assaulted the victim, and made derogatory statements to the victim for being gay.
‘The defendants brandished a firearm during the home invasion. They stole the victim’s property, including his motor vehicle,’ the statement read.
The three other men — Cameron Ajiduah, Anthony Shelton and Chancler Encalade, Jr. — have also pleaded guilty to the charges against them and are awaiting sentencing.