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Watch: 5 Teens Arrested After Using Grindr to Allegedly Lure & Beat Teen Boy

Monday Feb 12, 2018
Watch: 5 Teens Arrested After Using Grindr to Allegedly Lure & Beat Teen Boy

A group of five teenagers were arrested in Haverhill, Mass. last week for using the gay hookup Grindr to allegedly lure and beat a teen boy in a remote part of the town, Boston's Fox affilate station reports.

A police report obtained by Fox 25 says the victim was lured into the alleged attack by Lorenco Gjegji, 19, and Joshua Blanchard, 18, after talking with them on Grindr. The victim told police he believed he was being taken to the Millvale Reservoir to smoke pot but things changed after the teens parked in the woods. The victim says two other cars pulled up behind them and that several more teens between the ages 18 and 19 got out of the cars.

The teen, who remains anonymous, says he was dragged out of the car and beaten with a baton, according to the court documents obtained by Fox 25. The victim was also allegedly punched and kicked. The news station reports the teens who picked up the victim allegedly set up the attack.

Those suspects allegedly stole the victim's Air Jordan's sneakers, $140 in cash and his cell phone. He was then allegedly kidnapped as the suspects attempted to buy pot.

Police documents say authorities responded to a nearby hospital where the teen was admitted with extensive and visible injuries, including a possible concussion.

Police have yet to confirm a motive to the attack, Fox 25 reported last week.

Gjegji and Blanchard weren't the only teens to be arrested. Police also booked Cade Ford, 18, Joseph Clohisy, 19, Richard Pedro, 18 for their alleged involvement.

All five teens were arraigned on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping and armed robbery and were initially being held without bail, according to Fox 25.

The Eagle Tribune later reported that all five teens have since posted their bonds and ordered to stay away from the victim and to be on 24/7 lockdown with GPS tracking bracelets.

"When Judge Patricia Dowling announced she would be releasing all five on GPS devices, a crowd of more than two dozen family members erupted in applause, which Dowling quickly squelched, warning against any further outbursts," the newspaper wrote in its Feb. 9 report.

The teens are due back in court for probable cause hearings on March 7.

Watch Fox 25's report on the incident below.


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