Four Frisco men are accused of the dating app Grindr to lure, assault and rob gay men in a string of home invasions.
Anthony Shelton, 19, Nigel Garrett, 21, Chancler Encalade, 20, and Cameron Ajiduah, 18, face charges including hate crimes and could face a sentence of life in prison if found guilty in the attacks carried out in Dallas suburbs. This was just north of Plano in the Collin County area of Frisco.
The group allegedly used the Grindr app and pretended to be alone then arranged to meet at the victims’ homes. Then four men showed up at victims’ homes and assaulted them, restrained them with duct tape, and made derogatory comments about their sexuality, court documents said. The accused were armed during each home invasion and stole property including a car.
There were four home invasions between January 17 and February 7, 2017, in Plano, Frisco and Aubrey, all suburbs of Dallas. The defendants have been charged with 18 federal counts, including conspiracy, kidnapping, carjacking and possession of a firearm. The hate crime distinction carries a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.