- The vigilantes lured the man to a park and performed a citizen’s arrest.
Grindr anti-pedophile vigilantes posed as a 14-year-old boy to lure an older man to a park and perform a citizen’s arrest on him.
Police in Perth, Western Australia, have now arrested the 61-year-old from the south-east suburb of Camillo.
The police say one of the vigilantes, a man in his 20s, set up a fake Grindr profile, pretending to be a 14-year-old boy.
When the 61-year-old man got in touch, they exchanged sexually explicit messages with him. They then agreed to meet at a park in Kelmscott, on the outskirts of Perth, last Thursday morning (22 October).
When the older man arrived, the vigilante in his 20s and a friend performed a citizen’s arrest. They then called the police who took him into custody, Q News reports.
Police found the message exchange on the man’s phone. They later searched his home and seized other electronic devices.
‘Perth Pedo Hunters’
Officers charged him with intent to procure a person believed to be under 16 for sexual activity. The man has been refused bail. He is due to appear at Armadale Magistrate’s Court on 3 November.
Meanwhile the vigilantes have boasted of their sting on 9News. They dubbed themselves ‘Perth Pedo Hunters’ and said they were performing a community service.
However, Western Australia Police have warned citizen’s arrest powers ‘should be exercised with caution’.
The law states anyone can perform a citizen’s arrest if they suspect someone is committing a crime. But they have to call the police as soon as they can.
A police spokesperson said: ‘If all the required circumstances are not met, the member of the public could find themselves liable to prosecution of a serious offence.
‘We accept that people sometimes make decisions on the spur of the moment and sometimes the decision to pursue or apprehend a suspect may be the right decision, dependent on the circumstances and their own physical capabilities.
‘But we ask the public to always consider their personal safety above everything else.
‘If an offender is running away and you don’t know if they are carrying a weapon, not pursuing may well prove to be the best possible outcome.’