Police in Oklahoma is searching for a gang that according to KFOR used the hook-up app Grindr to lure victims into visiting a house in a quiet residential area to rob and kidnap them using a fake profile.
When the victims arrived at the house they were surprised by the by the armed gang, who forced them to give all their belongings. According to police “Different credit cards, they even asked for the victim’s pin numbers. They stole cell phones, keys to cars and one victim even reported that they asked for the title or deed to the car as well.”
The criminals confined them into a small room held at gunpoint. Officer Megan Morgan told KFOR: “There was only one light in that garage and a couple of victims actually described stepping over what they thought was trash and it turned out to be several of the other live victims who were lying on the floor.
The police were called after the neighbours heard gunshots in the house, a few of the victims managed to escape from the terrifying confinement without any serious injuries.
Deaunte McPherson has been arrested in connection to the crime and charged with robbery with a firearm and kidnapping. However, the police are still searching for more suspects, described as two men and a woman.
Catfishing on online dating apps happens quite often, it is important to always keep alert when chatting with someone online, there are many different ways to prevent you from being the next victim.
Video calls can be very useful in situations like this. If the person on the other side does not want to answer the call, it is a sign that something is not as it seems. Always let other people close to you know where you are going and if its possible use your phone to create an SOS command during dangerous situations.
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