A Texas man who used a dating program to identify gay men for robbery and assault has pleaded guilty to hate crime, officials said.
Daniel Jenkins, 22, is the fourth and last person to plead guilty to robbery, car theft and other offenses in the Dallas area in December 2017.
He pleaded guilty to Wednesday counting hate crimes, conspiracy to commit hate crimes and kidnapping, car theft and the use of a firearm during a crime, the U.S. Attorney General's Office said. North Texas Texas.
The four men used the Grindr dating program to lure people to the places where they were robbed, held at gunpoint, and held captive while gang members withdrew money from their accounts or were forced to call ATMs and withdraw money, officials said.
A total of at least nine victims have been reported, officials said.
"These suspects abused many victims, choosing them because of their sexual orientation," said Prerak Shah, acting U.S. attorney in the province. "We cannot allow this kind of violence to grow out of control."
Team members mocked their victims with homosexual insults. One of the robbers cleared the faeces of two people during another attack, according to court documents.
Attorney for Jenkins' list of attorneys did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday night.
Jenkins faces 26 years in prison on October 6, prosecutors said.
Three other people - Michael Atkinson, Daryl Henry and Pablo Ceniceros-Deleon - have pleaded guilty. They are scheduled to be sentenced on June 23.The four men used the Grindr dating program to lure people to the places where they were robbed, held at gunpoint, and held captive while gang members withdrew money from their accounts or were forced to call ATMs and withdraw money, officials said.
Members of the group confiscated the victims' driver's licenses and threatened to find them if they went to report the crime to the police, court documents said.
In another hate crime case in Texas, four men are accused of a series of attacks on homes where Grindr was used to find their victims in 2017. They were sentenced to between 10 and 20 years in prison, officials said.