Texas man admits seeking victims for hate crimes in Grindr

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A third man has pleaded guilty on hate crime charges for using gay hook-up apps to look for the victims. Chancler Encalade, 20, pleaded guilty to assaulting a man because he is gay. Encalade admitted that he and three other men used Grindr to arrange to find a victim and arrange a ‘meet-up’ in his home to have sex. The gun-toting homophobes entered the victim’s home before overpowering him, tying him up with tape, physically assaulting him, and screaming anti-gay slurs.. A federal grand jury previously returned an eighteen-count superseding indictment, against Encalade and three other men, which included charges for hate crimes, kidnappings, carjackings, and the use of firearms to commit violent crimes. The indictment also charged the defendants with conspiring to cause bodily injury because of the victims’ sexual orientation during four home invasions in Plano, Frisco, and Aubrey, Texas, from January 17 to February 7, 2017.

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