The robbery took place after the victim returned to the home he shares with his mother in Rockdale County after a trip to the nearby Mall at Stonecrest on Feb. 22, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office. The man apparently connected with one of the men on the gay cruising app Jack’d.
But when the suspect arrived at the victim’s home about 8:30 p.m., the potential trick turned violent. Two men armed with handguns and wearing skull caps and scarves over their faces pushed their way inside the house, according to an incident report.
“[The victim] stated after they got into the residence, one of the males pushed him to the ground and told him not to move or he would shoot him,” according to the incident report. “[The victim] stated that one of the males kept him on the ground with the gun to his head as the other one went around the house taking items.”
During the robbery, one of the suspects grabbed the victim’s arm and dragged him into his mother’s room and made him lay on the floor. When the men finished looting the house, they threatened to shoot him if he moved, according to the incident report.
The armed robbers took more than $5,000 in electronics, jewelry and clothing, including a PlayStation 4 and several games, two iPhones, earrings, four pairs of shoes, clothes, sunglasses and an iPad. When the men fled, the victim ran to a neighbor to call police. Witnesses told sheriff’s deputies that the men – described as being in their late teens or early twenties – left in a white Subaru car with a rear spoiler.
Investigators tracked the stolen iPhones, but when sheriff’s deputies arrived to the location off Highway 212, the vehicle was gone. They are now working with Jack’d to see if they can learn more about the suspects. They face a host of charges if sheriff’s deputies track them down, including armed robbery, aggravated assault and kidnapping.
In October, an Atlanta man cruising Tinder for a gay trick was stabbed, locked in a bathroom and robbed when the two men moved their meetup from a restaurant to an apartment. In January, a recycled trick from a dating website crashed and burned after the man demanded cash since the friend with benefits had given him syphilis. Let’s not even get into that Grindr three way that ended with a jockstrap and pool of blood.