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Man accused of rape, robbery of guys he met via Grindr and Scruff

SEATTLE – An 11-time felon is suspected in a crime spree that targeted men he met on the Growlr and Scruff social apps, according to seattlepi.com.

Leverne Lee Maxwell, 32, of Kent, Wash., is accused of first-degree rape and three counts of first-degree robbery, among seven felony charges. He is jailed with bail set at $750,000. His next court date is scheduled to be on May 6 in King County Superior Court in Seattle.

The most serious charge involves an April 7 sexual assault at gunpoint. A man accuses the suspect of contacting him on Growlr, a social app that caters to bears and those who love hairy men. The man told police that he was trying to sell a Kindle eBook and agreed to meet the suspect at his home. The suspect is accused to pulling out a gun, sexually assaulting the man and robbing him.

On April 11 in South Seattle, the suspect is accused of displaying a gun and robbing an iPhone and a laptop off a man he met on Scruff, a social app that caters to “scruffy” men and their fans.

On April 13 in Kent, the suspect allegedly used a gun to rob another Scruff user of his iPhone.

According to seattlepi.com:

Investigators claim to have recovered a used condom and fingerprints linking Maxwell to the sexual assault, as well as a handgun recovered from Maxwell’s apartment matching the description given by one of the men. They also contend they have video showing Maxwell selling a stolen phone in Kent.

Several other victims have identified the suspect as their attacker, police say.