News Brief: Four Men Charged for Targeting Gay Men Using Grindr

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News Brief Four Men Charged for Targeting Gay Men Using Grindr

News Brief Four Men Charged for Targeting Gay Men Using Grindr

News Brief:  Four Men Charged for Targeting Gay Men Using Grindr

Four men have been charged on federal hate crime and conspiracy charges for allegedly targeting gay men in home invasions. 

An 18-count indictment was returned by a grand jury against Anthony Shelton, 19; Nigel Garrett, 21; Chancler Encalade, 20; and Cameron Ajiduah, 18.  The men, all from Frisco, Texas, could face up to life in prison. 

Investigators said that the men used Grindr to set up dates with four men before they invaded their homes.  The men would then assault their victims, restraining them using tape, and make homophobic comments.  In addition to the abuse, the men would steal their cars and belongings.  The four home invasions took place between January 17 and February 7 in the Collin and Denton counties.

The four men were charged with conspiracy, kidnapping, carjacking and possession of a firearm in furtherance of these crimes.  The maximum statutory penalty of life in prison is a possibility for the hate crime counts.