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Man Says He Was Assaulted, Robbed and Raped at Gunpoint by Man He Met on Grindr: VIDEO

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A Canadian man says he was raped, assaulted, and robbed by a man he met on Grindr while at a conference in Philadelphia, NBC10 reports:

SuspectThe 34-year-old victim, whose identity we are withholding, tells NBC10.com exclusively that he invited the suspect to his hotel room inside the Hilton Home 2 Suites at 12th and Arch Streets around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday after talking with him over Grindr.

When the suspect arrived, the man says he was held up at gunpoint and sexually assaulted.

“The whole thing was just a giant blur. I was scared and I kept thinking if i just do what he says, then he'll just go away," the man said.

Following the assault, the victim said he was forced to buy four $500 Visa gift cards. He was then walked to five nearby ATMs and told to withdraw $200 from each cash machine.

A struggle during which the man says he was able to escape was captured on surveillance video.

Watch NBC's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

Philadelphia Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect. The man is described as 20-years-old, standing 5 foot 11-inches tall with wavy hair and star tattoos on the back of his right hand. He was wearing a dark colored jacket, dark blue jeans and tan boots.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the tipline at 215.686.TIPS.

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  1. You know, this is one of those incidents that highlight for me the practical benefit of that old-school institution, the bathhouse. There are lots of people who like recreational sex, and hookup apps like Grindr have made it super easy to meet random people who like the same thing. But inviting them into your apartment or hotel room makes you rather vulnerable to these kinds of attacks. Bathhouses, while they have their own risks, are at least a place where a person can go and get their freak on without having to worry about being kidnapped and raped. Just a thought.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Apr 11, 2014 9:05:32 AM


  2. I find it so odd that police and news reports rarely include race when giving descriptions of dangerous people. There's such a fear of offending people or seeming racist and omitting pertinent info about someone that poses an actual danger to others.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 11, 2014 9:08:24 AM


  3. Rick

    A lot of people don't appear to be of any one race, a word that is insulting and should die already.

    Posted by: Becky the Third | Apr 11, 2014 9:15:00 AM


  4. Rick

    A lot of people don't appear to be of any one race, a word that is insulting and should die already.

    Posted by: Becky the Third | Apr 11, 2014 9:15:00 AM


  5. But you're okay with saying someone has "wavy hair", which in Philly means someone is "black" but without saying black.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 11, 2014 9:18:58 AM


  6. I look forward to seeing the comments from the liars or prudes who are going tsk tsk this dude and everyone else who uses Grindr to meet men

    Posted by: David in NYC | Apr 11, 2014 9:20:30 AM


  7. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Posted by: Hector | Apr 11, 2014 9:45:01 AM


  8. Having wavy hair= Black WTF
    I am Black and have never said a Black guy has "wavy" hair.Where are all these Black guys with "wavy" hair? This guy having wavy hair is an anomaly not the norm so maybe thats why it was mentioned.The reason they don't just mention race is because its not specific enough.Denzel Washington and Wesley Snipes are both Black males in their fifties but they look nothing alike.So just mentioning race is pointless especially when Black males are racially profiled

    Posted by: Kim | Apr 11, 2014 9:50:08 AM


  9. @Kim, let's be honest. If you say the man is black, and you have a room with Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes, Tom Hanks, Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Jet Li, and Vin Diesel, then you can at least START to eliminate obviously wrong suspects. It's called using your eyes and being a reasonable person.

    Posted by: Oy Vey | Apr 11, 2014 10:17:07 AM


  10. This is what happens when you hook up with black guys on grindr

    Posted by: Mike | Apr 11, 2014 10:24:30 AM


  11. If he met him on Grindr, why don't the police just track the rapist's account? Hopefully others will come out and and report about being assaulted by this guy as well.

    C'mon guys, if you're gonna hook up in a strange city ask for the drivers license and read the guy's name, address and dob and send this info in an email to yourself. If he doesn't comply, buh-bye. Even better meet someone in person in a public place.

    Posted by: Michael | Apr 11, 2014 10:24:34 AM


  12. You don't need to talk about this suspect's skin color when *DUH* there are video images of him.

    Also, remind me again how many people have falsely told police a "black" man had victimized them?

    Posted by: Barley | Apr 11, 2014 10:28:26 AM


  13. @ "This is what happens when you hook up with black guys on grindr"

    Yeah, Mike, and with the White ones you end up dead.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 11, 2014 10:34:07 AM


  14. Ummm: let's see.... Meet a guy on fill in the name of the app, invite him to youur place/hotel room/apt/hoem,get raped/robbed @ gunpoint..Not a smart idea..@ Michael's suggestion: if the guy won't forward his PII, then forget him.No matter how horny you are... It's not worth it. Here's a simple tip: meet him in a neutral place BEFORE your hormones have overtaken your critical thinking sphere of your brain..Or the Milkman's idea works too: the bathhouse..Anything happens there you have a bunch of hopefully butch men who can kick the offenders ass right into the waiting police car!! If not j/o!!!

    Posted by: Patrick | Apr 11, 2014 10:35:02 AM


  15. How many times has this happened and it is not reported ?

    Posted by: Ha! | Apr 11, 2014 11:09:45 AM


  16. How many times does this happen and it goes unreported?

    Posted by: Ha! | Apr 11, 2014 11:10:20 AM


  17. How many times does this happen and it goes unreported?

    Posted by: Ha! | Apr 11, 2014 11:10:21 AM


  18. This has little to do with Grindr. You could end up robbed by someone you met at a bar too. The difference is that Grindr makes the crime more efficient for the perp. However, it also means there's a photo of you and location tracking.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 11, 2014 12:09:03 PM


  19. I feel bad for the victim but we should acknowledge his corruptibility in this event. He shouldn't be sleeping around and meeting random guys online. If you do these risky actions then don't be surprised when something like this happens or when you come down with a life-threatening STD.

    Again, I feel very bad for the victim and the attacker should be fully prosecuted but the victim should have been smarter and respect himself enough to not take dangerous risks for sex.

    I've always liked applying the views of the German philosopher Kant when it comes to promiscuity. Before you hookup with someone, ask yourself if your action respects the goals of human beings rather than merely using them for your own purpose? If the answer is no, then you shouldn't preform the action. Hooking up with someone on Grindr is merely using another human for your own selfish pleasure.

    Posted by: Will | Apr 11, 2014 12:33:19 PM


  20. @ "How many times has this happened and it is not reported ?"

    You're right, HA!....much more than we...I mean, most know. We tend (the older generation) to blame ourselves--even if it's simple Gay-bashing with NO sex involved. We blame ourselves.

    Hopefully, the younger generations will stop that self-deprecating sh.t.

    Posted by: Derrick from Phiily | Apr 11, 2014 12:52:47 PM


  21. It's all about the risk benefit ratio. Some guys get off on just the risk of meeting someone anonymously.

    Posted by: 604Brian | Apr 11, 2014 1:10:40 PM


  22. @WILL - I think you meant culpability, not corruptibility.

    Posted by: Icarus | Apr 11, 2014 1:28:19 PM


  23. Welcome to Philly. Crusing Grindr and CL in this city is a bad idea. More tourists get robbed this way. Usually happens to married guys a lot who never report this.

    Posted by: Jimmi | Apr 11, 2014 1:56:01 PM


  24. BARFLEY, Is there always video in every assault? Or, in the assaults that you participate in, is there always video evidence? Also, I don't know how many white guys lie about the perp being black, so tell us? Fill us all in on your statics that you've access to?

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 11, 2014 1:59:16 PM


  25. @ "Also, I don't know how many white guys lie about the perp being black, so tell us? Fill us all in on your statics that you've access to?"

    No, we just steal your car with your children in it. There's nothing a Black man loves more than stealing little blond haired/blue eyed children....and the car, of course.

    Posted by: Derrick from Phiily | Apr 11, 2014 2:06:56 PM


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