Maryland Man Steals Car And Crutches From Tinder Date, Leaving Amputee Stranded In The Cold

A man from Prince George’s County, Maryland is facing multiple charges after using a popular dating app to find potential victims, The Washington Post reported.

On February 2nd, Rodney Richardson met a man from Tinder who was an amputee. Instead of going on their planned date, Richardson robbed the man, taking his phone, wallet, and car. The victim, who was left without the crutches he needed to walk, was left stranded in the cold.

“The victim began to crawl on his hands and knees as he was unable to walk due to being an amputee,” court documents state. “[He] hid in a nearby ditch, fearing the suspect would return.”

Eight days later, Richardson invited another Tinder date to his home in Brandywine, where he raped the man at gunpoint. He then demanded that the victim give him his phone, ID, and Social Security Number, and forced him into the trunk of the stolen car. The next morning, Richardson drove the victim to a nearby bank and made him withdraw $4,500.

“Very disturbing,” said Major Zachary O’Lare from the Prince George’s County Police Department. “The fact that he was armed makes it very disturbing and heinous types of crimes to the police department.”

On Monday, after both victims identified Richardson in photos, the 26-year-old was arrested and charged with with rape, kidnapping, assault, armed carjacking, robbery, extortion, and reckless endangerment. He is currently being held in jail without bond.

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