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:
The 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.
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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.