John M. Becker

Two Grindr Hookups Allegedly End in Assault, Murder

Filed By John M. Becker | May 07, 2014 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: assault, Daniel Simmons, Delaware, Dino Dizdarevic, Grindr, murder, Pennsylvania

daniel-simmons-delaware.jpgGrindr, the location-based social networking app for gay and bisexual men, has been in the news over the past week, but for all the wrong reasons: it's played a role in an alleged assault in Delaware and a murder in Pennsylvania.

The Delaware case involves Deputy Attorney General Daniel Simmons (right), whom authorities have charged with four counts of fourth-degree rape for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy he met on Grindr. UPI reports:

"Following an investigation that began in March, police say Simmons first contacted the alleged victim via the social networking app Grindr. The Delaware attorney general's office was informed upon the investigation's conclusion and quickly approved warrants for the defendant's arrest on Friday...

"Police suspect that more victims of Simmons will come out as news of his arrest spreads, and urge Delaware parents to monitor their children's social media for any indication of a connection to Simmons."

6ABC adds:

The arrest affidavit claims that Simmons engaged in a sexual encounter with a New York University student and the 16-year-old male victim. The affidavit goes on to claim that the victim met the college student, identified only as "Matt", on the social network app Grindr, and agreed to meet.

Matt allegedly picked the teen up after school on March 16th and took him to Simmons' house. A staff member at the 16-year-old's school learned of the incident and then alerted authorities on March 26th.

Simmons resigned from his job on Monday. It is not known whether Simmons knew the boy was underage at the time of their sexual encounter.

Details about the Pennsylvania murder are after the jump.

dino-dizdarevic.pngDino Dizdarevic (left), a 25-year-old Bosnian refugee living in Philadelphia, was murdered last week after he traveled to meet a man he connected with on Grindr. Philadelphia Magazine reports:

"The Delaware County District Attorney's Office confirms the body of Dino Dizdarevic was discovered in a lot on the 900 block of Parker Street in Chester early on Thursday, May 1st. He had been strangled and, according to DA Jack Whelan, sustained 'multiple blunt-force trauma injuries to the face.'

"On Wednesday, April 30th, Dizdarevic told his boyfriend, Nick McBee, with whom he was in an open relationship, he was driving to Chester to meet a man he'd met on the app. McBee began to fear the worst when the night wore on and he hadn't heard anything from him. 'He was a responsible person. He always called to let me know where he was,' he says. 'I knew something was wrong.'

"McBee filed a missing person's report with the Philadelphia Police Department on Thursday morning, and was called to identify a body in Chester that matched the description. It was Dizdarevic, though, according to sources close to the couple, he had been beaten so severely that he was only able to be identified from his clothing."

Investigators have not yet arrested a suspect in Dizdarevic's murder. Anyone with information that could lead to an arrest in this case is asked to call Chester Detective Joseph McFate at 610-447-8428, or Delaware County Detective William Gordon at 610-891-4700. And please -- play safely and sensibly on hookup apps. Be careful out there, guys!

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