A 30-year-old St Augustine man, who was looking forward to meeting someone he met on the app Grindr, was instead beaten and robbed by several suspects on Thursday.
The victim, who lives at St John’s Road, St Augustine, told police that around 4pm, he met the first suspect at Duke Street, Port-of-Spain and they both then went to a shop at George Street.
The victim said while there, he was confronted by a second suspect who was armed with a firearm, as well as a third man.
As the three began attacking the victim, he began fighting back and managed to escape.
He made his way to the IATF Police Post at Duncan Street, Port-of-Spain and reported the matter.
Among the items that were stolen were the victim’s house keys; a swipe card valued at $95, and a black Samsung J8 cellphone valued at $2,100.
Officers on patrol along George Street later spotted one of the suspects, who was identified by the victim.
The 18-year-old suspect, of George Street, Port-of-Spain, remained in police custody up to yesterday.
Officers said more arrests are imminent.
Grindr is the world’s largest social networking app for those in the LGBTQI+ community.