KENT, Wash. -- Kent police have arrested and charged a man for robbing at least two people using a dating app.
Detectives say the suspect met his victims using a cell phone dating app frequented by members of the GLTG community. The program allows subscribers to locate other users via a GPS-generated map.
The suspect arranged to meet his victims in a remote location. Once the parties met, the suspect pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and robbed them.
While Kent police have identified two victims, Seattle police have located three more.
“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 described as a 32-year-old black male, 5'7" tall and of medium build. He has dark hair and facial hair.
Police are not identifying the app used out of caution for its subscribers.
People with any additional information or who may have been robbed by the suspect are asked to call Kent Police Detective Sergeant John Pagel at 253-856-5910.