A London man says he was assaulted, threatened with a cattle prod, and robbed during a Grindr hookup gone wrong.
It all started when the 26-year-old victim invited a man over to his apartment in Queensborough Terrace.
The suspect arrived at the victim’s place around 5 p.m. on September 28. Police describe him as being in his mid-20’s, Caucasian, with short blond hair and a slim build. According to reports, he began texting someone on his cellphone, before announcing he wanted to leave.
The victim showed him to the door. But when he opened it, he found himself standing face to face with a second man. He was holding a cattle prod in his hand.
Suspect #2, who police say was a Caucasian man in his late-20’s with a bald head, violently shoved the victim back into the house, then threatened to electrocute him with the cattle prod if he didn’t hand over his cash and laptop.
“The victim thankfully did not suffer serious physical injuries but has been left very shaken by this incident,” Detective Constable April Smart told the media.
“I would like to take this opportunity to reassure the LGBT community that we are doing everything we can to arrest these men and have followed and eliminated a number of potential leads and enquiries to date,” Smart added. “I would urge everyone who uses the services of online dating apps and sites to take steps to help them to stay safe whilst meeting strangers.”
Police have released the following surveillance videos that show the suspects. The first video shows Suspect #1 outside the building. The second video shows Suspect #2 outside the apartment holding the weapon.