Man assaulted and robbed during Grindr meet-up south of Brisbane


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A man has been assaulted and had his car stolen by a man he met on Grindr in Logan last weekend.

Police are investigating the violent attack that they said occurred at around 4am last Sunday.

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Police alleged the 48-year-old victim drove to the eastern Logan suburb of Mount Warren Park to meet up with the man.

Shortly after the pair met, the man allegedly punched the 48-year-old victim in the head and chest and stole his car.

The victim suffered minor injuries from the assault and was taken to Logan Hospital.

Police are searching for the alleged attacker and the victim’s stolen car, a 2010 Silver Toyota Rav4 with Queensland registration plates 973RJQ.

Anyone with information for police is encouraged to contact Policelink on 131 444.

Police urged all users of dating and hookup apps to be mindful of their personal safety.

They warn that placing personal data on websites or uploading profiles to smartphone apps and dating sites can potentially leave users vulnerable to becoming a target of criminals, who can also access these sites to source potential victims.

Last October, a man was brutally assaulted and robbed after a Grindr hookup went wrong in East Brisbane.

Last month, a Melbourne man dodged a jail sentence after he blackmailed and extorted money from an engaged Grindr user he threatened to “out” to his fiancee.

Meanwhile, the Chinese gaming company that owns Grindr is trying to sell the app after a United States government panel deemed the company’s ownership to be a “national security risk” after concerns from staff and privacy advocates.

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