Two men from Texas have been charged for federal Hate Crimes after they used Grindr to rob, beat, and humiliate gay men.
In the first two weeks of December 2017, 19-year-old Daniel Jenkins and 24-year-old Michael Atkinson committed multiple instances of armed assault.
According to the Dallas News, the two men used fake profiles on Grindr to lure at least nine men, ages ranging from 19 to 57, to an apartment complex. Once there, the gay men were assaulted, taunted, and robbed at gunpoint.
The state attorney’s office says that at least five of the men were physically assaulted, one was sexually assaulted with the use of an object, and one was smeared with feces.
According to Insider, Jenkins and Atkinson were later arrested in August of 2018. They are still in custody to this day.
Now, the two men have recently been charged with federal hate crimes for their heinous deeds.
The two men were charged on Tuesday with conspiracy to commit hate crimes, kidnapping, and carjacking, according to a statement from the state attorney’s office. Plus, the two were also charged with brandishing a firearm, and aiding and abetting kidnapping, according to the Star-Telegram.
This 15-count indictment case is still ongoing and is being handled in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas.
We’ll keep you updated as the court case continues.