Compton Man Assaulted And Robbed Every Date He Met On Grindr

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Compton Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing Men He Met on Grindr -Breaking 911

Derrick Patterson, 23, pleaded guilty to robbing five people he met on the online dating app Grindr. The robberies happened between June 2021 and March 2022.

Derrick Patterson targeted and robbed Los Angeles-area gay men he met on the Grindr online dating application. Patterson used the victims’ phones to steal $3,950 and send text messages to their friends and family to request money.

Patterson threatened a victim with a knife, used the victim’s Venmo account to pay for two hotel transactions, and sent text messages to his friends and family.

Patterson entered another victim’s residence under the pretense of a sexual encounter and demanded money. He used the victim’s phone to ask the victim’s contacts for money and open a credit line in the victim’s name with Goldman Sachs.

Patterson would contact people on Grindr, meet them at their homes or hotel rooms, and then ask to use their phones. He would then steal their money and open a line of credit in their name, authorities said.

He admitted to assaulting one victim and using a homophobic slur, and threatened to shoot another victim in a hotel room. Patterson faces a maximum sentence of 22 years in prison and the FBI is looking into the possibility that there may be more victims.

Grindr responded to NBCLA’s request for comment on this case, saying that it takes the privacy and safety of its users extremely seriously and works constantly to better protect its users.

For more information on this story, consider the news outlets listed below to stay in the know.

  1. Compton Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing Men He Met on Grindr  Breaking 911

  2. Compton Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing Men He Met on Grindr  NBC

  3. Compton man admits to robbing gay men he met on dating app  KTLA

  4. Man admits to robbing gay men he met on dating app  WXFR

  5. Man admits to robbing gay men he met on dating app ABC 27

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