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.
A grand jury returned an 18-count indictment against Anthony Shelton, 19; Nigel Garrett, 21; Chancler Encalade, 20; and Cameron Ajiduah, 18.
According to the indictment, from Jan. 17 to Feb. 7, the men committed four separate home invasions in Plano, Frisco and Aubrey.
In each case, investigators said the men used an app called Grindr and pretended to be a gay man to set up dates with men at their homes, as NBC 5 reported in February.
When they arrived, the suspects would assault the victims, restrain them with tape, and make derogatory statements about them being gay. Then they would steal their belongings and their cars, investigators said.
The men have been charged with conspiracy, kidnapping, carjacking and possession of a firearm in furtherance of these crimes.
The hate crime counts carry a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison.