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April 24, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Police: Kent robbery suspect used cell phone app to target gay victims

A Kent man has been arrested for investigation of robbing two people he met while using a cell phone dating app, police said today.

The 32-year-old man was arrested Thursday evening at his East Kent apartment, according to a news release.

Detectives say the man met the victims through a dating app frequently used by members of the gay, lesbian and transgender community which allows users to locate other users via a GPS-generated map. Police are not identifying that app out of “an abundance of caution” for its subscribers, according to the news release.

Police say the man selected remote locations for pre-arranged meetings and then would rob the victims using a semi-automatic handgun.

In addition to the two victims in Kent, Seattle police have identified three other victims, the news release said.

“We’re concerned that there may be still more victims in the community that are afraid to come forward,” said Kent Assistant Police Chief Pat Lowery. “With this suspect now in custody, we are urging any other victims to contact us and report if they were also victimized.”

The suspect is black. Some victims have described him as appearing younger than 32, police say. He is 5-foot-7 and has a medium build. He also has dark hair and facial hair, police said.

Police are not releasing his photograph or a detailed description at this time.

Anyone who believes they may have been robbed by the is asked to call Detective Sgt. John Pagel at 253-856-5910.

| More in The Blotter | Topics: armed robbery, Kent


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