Nigel Garrett was one of four men who were responsible for four home invasions last year in North Texas.

Federal prosecutors have given a 15-year-long jail sentence to 21-year-old Nigel Garrett, one of four suspects who robbed and assaulted gay men last year after preying and deceiving them on Grindr.

The heinous acts were committed between 17 January to 7 February 2017. Garrett has been charged with hate crimes, kidnappings, carjackings and using firearms to commit violent acts.

Garrett – and three other Dallas men – were responsible for four home invasions over a three week period, in the North Texas cities – Plano, Frisco and Aubrey.

Related: Former Grindr employee drugged and raped by HR boss. 

A press release from the Department of Justice stated: “Garrett admitted that he, Anthony Shelton, and Chancler Encalade used Grindr… to arrange to meet the victim at the victim’s home.

“Upon entering the victim’s home, the defendants restrained the victim with tape. They physically assaulted the victim, and made derogatory statements to the victim for being gay.

“The defendants brandished a firearm during the home invasion. They stole the victim’s property, including his motor vehicle.”

The three other men have pleaded guilty, and are awaiting their sentence.

Related: Daryll Rowe found guilty of deliberately infecting Grindr dates with HIV.

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