CBS News Dallas reports:
A federal grand jury charged a pair of Dallas men with conspiracy to commit hate crimes, kidnapping and carjacking. Daniel Jenkins, 20, and Daryl Henry, 22, were also charged with hate crimes and kidnapping.
Jenkins was also charged with carjacking and brandishing a firearm during crimes of violence. “Criminals are using apps like Grindr to single out victims based on their sexual orientation,” said U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox. “My office is committed to rooting out these despicable crimes motivated by hate.”
According to the 15-count indictment, suspects used the gay dating app Grindr to create fake profiles and pose as gay men interested in “dates” to lure gay men to an apartment complex in Dallas in order to commit violent crimes against them.
The nine victims were all robbed, four were assaulted, and five were held against their will. The men face a possible life sentence.