The victim of an alleged attempted robbery told police he was lured into the situation through the use of the gay dating app Grindr.
On Jan. 18, Boynton Beach Police arrested Justin Allen, 16, Lashawn Montal, 16, and Kelcey Riddick, 17, on one count each of armed kidnapping, armed robbery and resisting arrest without violence. The teenagers are accused of luring the victim, a 31-year-old Lake Worth man, to the 1500 section of West Boynton Beach Blvd. where they, allegedly, entered his car at gunpoint and demanded he drive them to a bank for money.
While at the Wells Fargo Bank, 220 North Congress Ave., the victim and suspects fled on foot. Police were called and the trio of suspects were apprehended.
At least one of the accused denies the charges.
“Man fuck that Mexican, we did not rob anyone, we only had BB guns that did not work,” states Montal, of Boynton Beach, in a BBPD report, obtained by SFGN.
The victim, in initial statements, did not reveal to police how he encountered the suspects. After further questioning, the victim admitted to receiving a message from a black male through the mobile app Grindr.
Boynton Beach police said the victim was trying to “protect his personal life due to he is a homosexual.”
All three suspects have been turned over to the Juvenile Assessment Center. A search of the area near the bank revealed three BB guns found in the bushes, report police.