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Man Pleads Guilty to Targeting Gay Men in Home Invasions: DOJ

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    Man Pleads Guilty to Targeting Gay Men in Home Invasions: DOJ
    Denton County Sheriff
    Chancler Encalade, seen here in a mug shot from an unrelated misdemeanor from 2016, has pleaded guilty to federal charges in a series of home invasions that targeted gay men.

    A 20-year-old man pleaded guilty on Monday to federal charges that he targeted gay men through a dating app in a series of Collin and Denton County home invasions earlier this year.

    Chancler Encalade, along with three other men, used Grindr, a dating app for gay men, to arrange meetings with victims at their homes in Frisco, Plano and Aubrey, according to a Department of Justice news release. Four Charged with Federal Hate Crimes for Targeting Gay MenFour Charged with Federal Hate Crimes for Targeting Gay Men

    Four Frisco men have been indicted on federal hate crime and conspiracy charges after investigators said they targeted gay men during four separate home invasions in Collin and Denton counties.

    (Published Wednesday, May 10, 2017)

    The four men restrained their victims with tape, assaulted them, made derogatory statement about their sexual orientation and stole various property, according to the Justice Department. The crimes took place in January and February. 

    The other men involved, Nigel Garrett, Anthony Shelton and Cameron Ajiduah, have also pleaded guilty to federal charges and are awaiting sentencing. 

    Encalade faces a maximum life sentence and a $250,000 fine. Social Media Linked to Plano Home Invasions: PoliceSocial Media Linked to Plano Home Invasions: Police

    Police say there may be a connection between recent home invasion victims' use of social media platforms utilizing GPS location services as a way to meet others.
    (Published Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017)

    Plano and Frisco police, along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, investigated the crimes. 

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