FBI Charges Miami-Dade Man With Kidnapping, Robbing Grindr Date

Miami — A federal grand jury in Miami indicted a man in northwest Miami-Dade this month after prosecutors accused him of kidnapping and robbing men he lured on the Grindr app.

Stevenson-Charles is accused of robbing at least two men he met on the app, which is primarily used by gay and bisexual men, according to a federal criminal complaint.

In the complaint, an FBI agent wrote that during the first robbery on Oct. 23, the victim encountered Charles at his home in the 10400 block of 25th Avenue NW in the West Creek area.

When the victim and Charles went to his bedroom, he noticed Charles was wearing an ankle monitor, the attorney wrote.

Shortly after, Charles was accused of pointing a gun at the victim and demanding his cellphone. Officials said the victim complied.

“(I) feared for his life and attempted to leave the residence, and (the victim) told Charles that he would drive him to the bank and withdraw money for him,” the complaint states.

The victim, in his red 2021 Honda, drove Charles to a Wells Fargo branch on 27th Avenue NW and withdrew $760, the complaint said.

Charles then put the victim in the passenger seat and drove the victim to an unspecified highway exit, where he ordered the victim to get out, according to officials.

Charles then set off in the Honda; the victim went to a nearby gas station and called the police, investigators wrote.

Charles, who is on probation and monitored by the Miami-Dade County Correctional Boot Camp program, removed his ankle monitor after the robbery, deputies said.

The second robbery occurred on Nov. 2, officials said.

In that instance, Charles arranged to meet with the second victim at an apartment in the 200th block of 72nd Street NW in Miami’s Creek neighborhood, prosecutors said.

This time, the two didn’t even enter the bedroom.

When the victim pulled up in his 2022 Toyota, he saw Charles leave the apartment and pull up in front of him, prosecutors said. Charles then got into the back seat of the vehicle and pointed the gun at the victim.

“Charles appeared to notice a police vehicle nearby and ordered (him) to drive,” the complaint states.

The victim, who was not fluent in English, told investigators Charles used a phone translation app to communicate with him.

According to the indictment, Charles then asked the victim where he lived and the two drove to his apartment.

After the two pulled up in the parking lot, Charles called the victim into the back seat and ordered him to “lay down in the back trunk area,” officials wrote. He was accused of whipping the victim with a pistol.

Charles then ordered the victim to unlock his phone and used a translation app to ask him to log into his bank account, according to prosecutors.

After the victim lost access to his U.S. bank account, Charles began browsing photos on the victim’s phone, officials said.

After seeing photos of the victim with other men, Charles told him he was “going to kill you all,” the agent wrote, before shooting him.

Charles then drove the man to a Bank of America branch and ordered the victim to withdraw money from his account, which he tried unsuccessfully to do, prosecutors said.

Charles “got out of (the victim’s) car wearing a ski mask and tried to withdraw the money with him,” also unsuccessfully, the attorney wrote. He then ordered the victim to get back into his car.

According to the indictment, while checking the victim’s phone, Charles noticed that the victim had an Apple Card with available credit.

After Charles called someone to ask how to withdraw money from the Apple Card, the pair drove to three different Walgreens stores, including two in Aventura, where Charles bought $1,000 in gift cards, Mountain Dew and Aquafina water , the broker wrote.

At the second store, Charles told the victim he would “kill him” if he tried to leave, prosecutors said.

But at a third store, according to the complaint, the victim did just that.

The indictment alleges that Charles took the keys into the car, but he did not drive, allowing the victim to jump into the driver’s seat and flee.

Surveillance footage and fingerprints on the Apple card linked Charles to the crime, the attorney wrote.

Charles faces 17 charges, including carjacking, kidnapping and bank robbery, according to federal court records.

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