A man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a series of robberies in South Fulton stemming from dating apps, police said.
Late last month, police said that at least four men were targeted online through popular dating apps, including Grindr, which is used primarily by those in the LGBTQ community. The men were lured to an area along Old National Highway, where they were robbed at gunpoint, authorities said. The robberies happened in a span of about five weeks.
South Fulton police Lt. Jubal Rogers said authorities were able to identify the vehicle used by the suspect and take Zechariah Warren into custody. He is facing four counts of armed robbery and two counts of aggravated assault.
“These allegations against Warren are disturbing to say the least,” police Chief Keith Meadows said. “We will work with our partners at the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and federally to continue investigating this case for prosecution.”
Targeting victims by their sexual orientation is a violation of both federal and state law, Rogers noted.
“Predators lurk online, sadly,” he said. “We want to remind dating app users to remain cautious and report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, text information to 274637 or visit the Crime Stoppers website.
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