A Detroit man is charged with shooting two men because they were gay, according to prosecutors. Demetris Nelson, 26, is accused of attempting to rob and then shooting Brian Anderson, 31, and Malcolm Drake, 26, on Saturday. Anderson died of his wounds while Drake was critically wounded.
Nelson used the Grindr dating app to target, contact and find the two men, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.
Detroit Police arrested Nelson on Monday, according to a statement from the prosecutor’s office. Nelson was arraigned Friday on charges of first-degree murder, felony murder, assault with intent to murder, assault with the intent to rob while armed and four counts of felony possession of a firearm.
Detroit’s ABC News affiliate reports:
Under his alias, Lamont Dashield, Nelson has already been arraigned in another case on multiple charges that include Armed Robbery. His bond was set at $200,000 cash or surety. Sources tell 7 Action News that Nelson confessed to using various social media apps, including Grindr, to target dozens of people to rob them.
And just about two hours before he allegedly killed Anderson and critically wounded another man, Nelson allegedly used a firearm to rob a man he met on an app. Anyone believed to have been targeted by Nelson is urged to contact their local police department.