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Robbery Victims Lured Through Grindr and Jack’d

Suspects Matthew Austin Bauer, 21, and Paul William James Keve, 18, in Dundalk ‘date’ robberies. (Photos courtesy Baltimore County Police)

Baltimore County Police are asking that additional robbery victims who have been lured through the dating apps Grindr and/or Jack’d come forward after two suspects were charged on May 5. Other suspects are outstanding in what police are calling “date” robberies.

According to police, Matthew Austin Bauer, 21, and Paul William James Keve, 18 — both residents of the Dundalk community of Baltimore County — face charges that include armed robbery and misdemeanor theft after they robbed a 24-year-old man on March 31 in which they scheduled a meeting using the dating app Jack’d.

When the victim responded to a designated location in the 7500 block of Westfield Road in Dundalk, he was surrounded by Bauer and Keve, who threatened him with a knife and stole his cash and cell phone.

In an earlier case on March 2, police say a 22-year-old man was robbed and beaten when he set up a meeting with someone called “Josh” on Grindr. When the victim responded to the designated meeting place in the 1600 block of Four Georges Court in Dundalk, he was approached by a male suspect wearing dark clothing and a ski mask who demanded his money and cell phone.

When the victim attempted to flee, he was surrounded by two other male suspects who began beating him. The three suspects fled with the victim’s cash and phone. Keve has been identified as one of these suspects and is also charged in that case.

In November, several robberies occurred in Northeast Baltimore in which victims were lured to a destination using Grindr. In those cases, two suspects have been charged.

Police request that anyone with information on either of these Dundalk incidents, a similar type of incident, or anyone who may have been victimized under similar circumstances by either Bauer or Keve is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020.

Anyone with information on this case can also submit a tip to Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.