December 2, 2016 at 2:39 pm EDT | by Steve Charing
2 suspects in Grindr robberies arrested
Grindr robberies, gay news, Washington Blade

Armaud Frank and Raqib Salaam turned themselves into Baltimore police.

Baltimore City Police announced that on Nov. 23, 18-year-old Armaud Frank walked into the Northeast District police station where he turned himself into authorities.

Two days later on Nov. 25, 17-year-old Raqib Salaam also walked into the Northeast District police station and turned himself into authorities after seeing their photographs on local news broadcasts, as suspects in numerous armed robberies that occurred in Northeast Baltimore.

Frank and Salaam were both subsequently charged for their participation in the armed robberies that targeted men from social media dating apps, in particular Grindr. The victims were lured to meeting places under the guise of a romantic encounter, and then robbed at gunpoint, police said.

Frank has a $250,000 bail while Salaam is on a no-bail status at Central Booking. Both are awaiting trial. Detectives are still attempting to identify the third suspect.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Northeast District detectives, at 410-396-2449. Those who wish to remain anonymous can utilize the Metro Crime Stoppers tip line, at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

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