Two men accused of hate crimes in Texas after making fake profiles on Grindr to lure gay men & # 39; to an apartment where they were attacked
- Daniel Jenkins, 20 and Daryl Henry, 22 were accused of a series of crimes
- They allegedly created fake profiles on the Grindr dating app to lure gay men to an apartment in Dallas, where some were physically and sexually abused
- The victims were forced at gunpoint to give up their belongings, including their wallets, money and telephones
- Both men are confronted with life for hate crime and kidnapping costs if they are found guilty
Two men were accused of federal hate crimes in Dallas over a violent flight of abductions and robberies in which gay men were targeted at Grindr.
Daryl Henry, 22 and Daniel Jenkins, 20, were accused of multiple counts in connection with a series of attacks in which victims were allegedly lured into an apartment by a gay dating app and had to deliver their valuables, officials said.
The men allegedly created false profiles and posed as gay men around & # 39; dates & # 39; to lure to an empty apartment in December 2017.
Daniel Jenkins, (left), and Daryl Henry, (right), were indicted by a federal grand jury with conspiracy to commit hate crimes, kidnapping and carjacking about a 2017 crime fight.
On December 11, 2017, the suspects held five victims against their will in an apartment on the complex.
Some victims said they were beaten, robbed, sexually abused, and called homophobic sluts, the Justice Department said in a statement.
The alleged victims ranged in age from 19 to 57.
Four of them say they were physically abused, three were sexually abused and some victims were called homosexual lies.
One of the suspects is also accused of urinating and wiping human excrement on at least one victim.
The suspects forced the victims with a firearm to hand over their belongings, including their wallets, money, car keys, cars, driver's licenses and identification cards, credit cards and debit cards and mobile phones.
According to the indictment, Jenkins and Henry have injured four victims because of their actual and perceived sexual orientation.
The suspects reportedly created fake profiles on the Grindr dating app to lure gay men to an apartment in Dallas, where some were physically and sexually abused
Jenkins and Henry have been charged with kidnapping these four victims and Jenkins with the kidnapping of two additional victims, the carjacking of two victims and the use of a firearm in connection with the carjackings.
Erin Nealy Cox, attorney in the United States in the northern district of Texas, said the allegations are an example of the district's zero tolerance for hate.
She said ABC news: & # 39; Criminals use apps like Grindr to select victims based on their sexual orientation. My office is committed to eradicating these despicable crimes that are motivated by hatred. & # 39;
Both suspects face a maximum legal sentence of life in prison for the hate crime and kidnapping costs, five years for the conspiracy prize and a fine of up to $ 250,000 for each charge if they are convicted.
Jenkins is also faced with up to 15 years for carjacking costs and a mandatory minimum of at least seven years in prison, plus a $ 250,000 fine for each firearm charge.
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