Police say a man is accused of luring multiple people to a home through a dating app before holding them against their will and robbing them at gunpoint.
Oklahoma City Police Department reports show that at 10 p.m., Sept. 8, officers were called to a trouble unknown report in the 200 block of Southwest 35th Street.
The victim told police that he was messaging a man on "Grindr," a dating app for gay men, and decided to meet up with the person at a home in the 300 block of Southwest 34th Street.
When the victim arrived at the home he was met by a man who motioned him towards a detached garage on the property. When the victim entered the building it was dark and he couldn't see much. He was then told to take a seat in a chair. The victim began walking towards the chair and stumbled over what he believed was trash on the ground.
After he sat in the chair a different man came out of a room in the garage and pointed a handgun at the victim's head. The victim was then forced to empty his pockets and was told to lay on the ground of the building.
When the man got on the floor he realized that he had stumbled over two people and not trash when first entering the building. The three victims laid on the floor being held against their will for 20 minutes while the suspects gathered more information about their bank cards and vehicles.
While on the floor, another man was lured into the building and robbed in a similar fashion. The victims then heard a commotion when another victim approached the building which led to a gunshot being fired. During the commotion, one of the victims on the floor was able to escape the building through a hole in the roof. The other victims then fled after they believed it was safe.
Several of the victims were able to go to nearby businesses and notify police about the incident. In all, police spoke with four victims who all stated they had been lured to the home through the Grindr app. One of the victims had their vehicle stolen during the incident.
Police were able to identify 32-year-old Deaunte McPherson as one of the suspects in the case and took him into custody on Sept. 16 on four counts of kidnapping and four counts of robbery with a firearm.
"This is just another way for somebody that's involved in crime to gain money instead of just going out and doing it legally, by getting a job," Captain Bo Matthews with the Oklahoma City Police Department said.
He added, "If you’re going to go on a dating website, obviously you want to meet somebody where there's a lot of people involved. A lot of people there."