Police investigating the death of a Michigan man who was strangled to death in his apartment at a senior living complex have discovered the 71-year-old met his murderers on Grindr. Though foul play wasn’t suspected at first, three suspects have been arrested after using the deceased’s credit cards to buy gas.
The three men, 20-year-old Rikky Ranger, 19-year-old Mark Paling, and 19-year-old Richard Thompson (pictured) are allegedly homeless and began using the cruising app to have sex with and rob gay men in the area. Ranger reportedly met the elderly David Maurer several weeks prior and the two had “gone out a couple times.”
On November 23, Maurer can be seen on surveillance video walking to his apartment with the three assailants. Once inside, medical reports claim the men smoked marijuana and drank alcohol while Ranger and Paling had sex with Maurer. Shortly after, Thompson choked Maurer to death while his buddies stole a gun, some cash, and prescription pills. Before leaving, Maurer was kicked and punched several times in the face.
The three men were easily apprehended after using Maurer’s credit cards at a McDonald’s and BP gas station less than a block away from their temporary residence. All three were arraigned on charges of open murder on Sunday, and if convicted, will each serve life in prison.