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Texas Man Gets 15 Years for Using Grindr to Rob, Brutally Assault Gay Victims

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DALLAS — One of four Texas men accused of using a dating app to assault and rob gay men has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Federal prosecutors say 21-year-old Nigel Garrett and three other Dallas-area men were charged with hate crimes, kidnappings, carjackings and using firearms to commit violent crimes.

Nigel Garrett

An 18-count indictment alleges the men arranged meetings at victims’ homes through Grindr, a social media dating platform for gay men. Investigators say most victims were tied up, assaulted and robbed at gunpoint.

The indictment alleges the suspects are responsible for four home invasions in North Texas, in the cities of Plano, Frisco and Aubrey, over about a three-week period early last year.

Garrett was sentenced Wednesday, Jan. 3, following a plea agreement. The other three suspects also have pleaded guilty. They’re awaiting sentencing.

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