Police are hunting a man suspected of stabbing another man after hooking up on a gay dating app.
Authorities suspect the man is connected with two other attempted carjackings in the Greater Manchester area, UK, in a 24 hour period from Monday to Tuesday (25 to 26 March). He met all his victims via an unspecified gay dating app.
The first incident occurred 7pm on Monday. A man in his 50s was threatened in his home by a man with a knife. The suspect demanded his car keys. However, when he failed to start the car, he fled the scene.
An hour later, the suspect then threatened another man in his 40s with a knife to his throat, telling him to hand over the keys. The victim was taken to hospital to be treated with cuts to his throat, back and forearm.
The final incident involved a man his 20s the suspect hooked up with Tuesday early afternoon. At 5.45pm, the suspect demanded he hand over his car keys. He then stabbed the victim several times.
The attacker fled the scene. The victim was taken to hospital where he was treated for serious injuries. As of publication, the victim remains in hospital.
No cars were stolen in any of the incidents.
Police have released a CCTV image of a person they wish to speak to in relation to the attacks.
Beware on dating apps
Detective Inspector Gareth Jenkins of the Greater Manchester Police said: ‘This is now the third attack following an attempted carjacking after an online dating app meeting and we’re working hard to find the man responsible.
‘We have a CCTV image of a man we want to speak to as part of our investigation and I would appeal directly to the man to get in touch with us.
‘We would also continue to encourage people using dating apps to always meet new people in public places and to let someone know where you’re going.
‘If you have any information that could assist our investigation or if you recognize the man picture, please get in touch as soon as possible.’
Anyone with information for Greater Manchester police should contact them on 0161 856 5194 or 101 quoting reference number 1764 of 26/03/2019.