(Update) Police release mugshot of alleged Grindr rapist
Police have released a mugshot of the man who they believe sexually assaulted and robbed a 34-year-old Canadian man after the two arranged a date using Grindr, a gay hookup app, according to police.
Police have potentially identified the suspect as Douglas Spady, a.k.a. Douglas Casey, 26, of the 5200 block of Cottage Street in Frankford.
The victim, who was in town for an education conference, told police that he met his date around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hilton Home2Suites Hotel on the 1200 block of Arch Street, police said.
The AERA national conference was held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center last week.
After the two went up to the victim’s hotel room, the man’s date reportedly said that he had a gun and forced the tourist into sexual intercourse, according to the man’s statement.
Afterward, the victim was allegedly taken to various ATM machines and was forced to withdraw $1,000. He was also allegedly forced to purchase $2,000 in Visa gift cards.
The victim escaped after he was taken to The Irish Pub at 20th and Walnut streets, police said.
The attacker, believed to be Spady, is described as a 5-foot-11 black man in his 20s with wavy hair and star tattoos on the back of his right hand.
Police ask that anyone with information contact police at 215-686-TIPS (8477), or text a tip to PPD TIP (773847).