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Two charged in Baltimore dating app robberies

Matthew Austin Bauer, 21, and Paul William James Keve, 18, of Dundalk in Balitmore were charged on May 5.
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Baltimore County Police - Washington Blade

The Baltimore police department is requesting further assistance from victims who succumbed to robberies and assault after responding to suspects using dating apps as bait.

Matthew Austin Bauer, 21, and Paul William James Keve, 18, of Dundalk in Baltimore were charged on May 5, but other suspects are still at large in connection with the thefts.

Both Bauer and Keve face robbery and misdemeanor theft charges after taking to the app and luring a 24-year-old gentleman to a location using Jack’d, reports The Washington Blade.

The meetup took place in the 7500 block of Westfield Road in Dundalk, where Bauer and Keve allegedly brandished a knife surrounded the victim and demanded cash and his cellphone.

Another case was reported on March 2, when police say a 22-year-old male was robbed and physically assaulted after setting up a meeting with someone named “Josh” on Grindr.

As with the previous case, the victim showed up at the designated meeting place and was a approached by a man in a ski mask and dark clothing who demanded money and the cellphone.

Trying to make his escape, the victim was surrounded by two other male suspects who began to physically assault him.

The suspects fled the scene, but it has been reported that Keve was identified and charged as one of the assailants in that case.

Using dating apps as a tactic for robbery became prevalent in November when several robberies took place in the Northeastern part of Baltimore. Two suspects have been charged in connection to those crimes.

Baltimore police are encouraging anyone who has been a victim of these tactics or can lead them to identify the assailants to contact the department at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.