Frisco Men Indicted for Hate Crimes Targeting Gay Men Using Grindr App

Four Frisco men have been indicted on federal hate crime and conspiracy charges for four home invasions targeting gay men.An Eastern District federal grand jury named Nigel Garrett, 21; Chancler Encalade, 20; Anthony Shelton, 19; and Cameron Ajiduah, 18 in an indictment accusing them of conspiring to cause bodily harm to people based on their sexual orientation.According to the indictment, in January and February, the men used the social-media dating platform Grindr to pass themselves off as gay men, arranging to meet at the victim's home. Upon entering, the defendants assaulted the victims, restrained them with tape and made derogatory statements about their sexual orientation.In each case, the four had firearms and stole property, including motor vehicles, from the victim.The hate crimes carry a maximum penalty of life in prison. The case is being investigated by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms as well as police departments in Plano and Frisco.  Continue reading...

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