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Suspected Kent robber accused of using dating app to target gay men

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on April 24, 2013 at 11:36 am with No Comments »
April 24, 2013 11:36 am

A 32-year-old man suspected of setting up dates with gay men in order to rob them is behind bars and Kent police are urging other victims to come forward.

Assistant Chief Pat Lowery said the robber used a cell phone dating app complete with a GPS map to set up dates with two men in remote locations. Once the victims arrived, the man would pull out a semi-automatic handgun and rob them.

Seattle police said they have interviewed an additional three victims.

The man was arrested Thursday leaving his apartment in East Kent.

“We’re concerned that there may be still more victims in the community that are afraid to come forward,” Lowery said.

The robber is described as black, 5-feet-7 with a medium build. He has dark hair and facial hair.

Police declined to identify the dating app or release a photograph of the suspected robber while the investigation is ongoing.

Potential victims are asked to call Kent police Detective Sergeant John Pagel at 253-856-5910.

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