Grindr Home Invasion Suspects Face Federal Hate Crime Charges

Wow. Four Frisco, Texas men have been indicted on federal hate crime and conspiracy charges after they used Grindr to target gay men in four separate home invasions. 

NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth reports:

A grand jury returned an 18-count indictment against Anthony Shelton, 19; Nigel Garrett, 21; Chancler Encalade, 20; and Cameron Ajiduah, 18.

According to the indictment, from Jan. 17 to Feb. 7, the men committed four separate home invasions in Plano, Frisco and Aubrey.

In each case, investigators said the men used an app called Grindr and pretended to be a gay man to set up dates with men at their homes, as NBC 5 reported in February.

When they arrived, the suspects would assault the victims, restrain them with tape, and make derogatory statements about them being gay. Then they would steal their belongings and their cars, investigators said.

The men have been charged with conspiracy, kidnapping, carjacking and possession of a firearm in furtherance of these crimes. 

The hate crime counts carry a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison.  

What's your take on this case? Thoughts on sentencing if the alleged perpetrators are convicted?

 

(H/T: NNNext)