If a person wants to use dating/social/hookup apps (whatever you want to call them) as a way to meet men for sex or otherwise, all the power to them—but be careful!
A Canadian Tourist visiting Philadelphia as part of an education conference was sexually assaulted, robbed, and beaten after engaging with a man on Grindr and later meeting up at his hotel room for a hookup.
According to a report by nbc10.com, the 34-year-old victim (who chose to remain anonymous when interviewed) first arrived at the suspect's Hilton Home 2 Suites around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon and shortly thereafter, was held at gunpoint where he was raped.
“The whole thing was just a giant blur. I was scared and I kept thinking if I just do what he says, then he'll just go away," the man said.
After the initial attack, the victim was forced out of the hotel to go buy four $500 Visa gift cards and withdraw $200 each from five local ATMs. The men later entered a bar where, after being beaten and kicked, the victim was able to break free, run and call the police.
Police have yet to catch the suspect in this crime, described as 20-years-old, 5 foot 11-inches tall with wavy hair and star tattoos on the back of his right hand. However, you can help identify him after getting a fairly good look in some of the surveillance video from inside the bar (see video below).
If you have any information on the suspect, police are asking you to call the tipline at 215.686.TIPS.
As for the victim, it's not surprising he's putting his Grindr and all other dating apps on the shelf.
“I will no longer be doing any type of app like that again. I'm just not,” he said.
To watch the full report by nbc10.com, see below:
Apps like Grindr are not going anywhere. People will continue to use them and some won't. But for those of you who do, have you ever feared that your experiences using apps like Grindr may result in a similar situation? If so, what precautions do you take to keep yourself safe?
Weigh in, Instincters…
(H/T: nbc.com) Image Source.