Police: Tinder date ends in sexual assault, robbery

Channel 2's Mike Petchenik reports police are worried the man may rob someone else.

Tinder’s slogan, “Every connection can change your life,” became a haunting reality recently for a woman in Sandy Springs.

The woman used the mobile dating app to make a blind date Saturday, but “John,” the man she connected with, assaulted her outside an apartment, according to a police report.

She told police she agreed to meet at The Cascade at Morgan Falls apartments, located on Spring Creek Lane in Sandy Springs, but said her date wouldn’t let her in his apartment when she met him in the building’s hallway.

Instead, she told police he acted suspiciously and walked her to the rear of the building, where he pulled a out handgun and demanded all of her money and her cell phone.

He took about $460 and her phone, then grabbed her head and sexually assaulted her, according to the police report.

The suspect, described as a bald-headed man, left the complex in a dark-colored sedan, possibly a Dodge Charger, police said in the report. He was described as about 6 feet tall and 280 pounds.

The Tinder app website cautions against sharing personal information such as phone numbers or addresses and recommends users “remain anonymous until you are ready,” but local police think that anonimity makes crimes more likely.

Sandy Springs police Sgt. Ron Momon told Channel 2 Action News he believes the man will attack others if not caught quickly.

“He’ll definitely strike again, there’s no doubt in my mind,” Momon said.