Schererville Man Charged with Kidnapping, Armed Robbery after Targeting Men on Dating App

December 6, 2015-A Schererville man told a friend he “gets high” from robbing gay men he meets on a dating app has been charged in Lake Superior Court with kidnapping while armed with a deadly weapon, armed robbery and robbery.  According to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case, the incidents occurred on December 2 and 3, 2018 in Schererville.  According to the sworn statement, Jacob Isaiah Trosper would arrange to meet men using the dating app “Grinder” and rob them.    On December 2, 2018, a Schererville man agreed to meet Jacob Trosper in the 700 block of Oakdale Avenue according to statements obtained by police.  Trosper got into the victim’s  car and Trosper pulled a gun and told him to give him some money according to the statement.  The victim stated he didn’t have any money on him, so Trosper told him to drive to an ATM machine at First Midwest Bank in Dyer, the report continues.  Police later obtained the surveillance tape from the ATM machine and it shows the victim and Trosper in an automobile together and “Trosper is holding what appears to be a gun” according to Police.  The time stamp on the ATM withdrawal was 11:56 p.m. on December 2.  The victim withdrew $100 in cash and Trosper took that and the victims Apple iPhone 8.

On Decemberr 3, the victim called the police and stated that an app called “find my phone” indicated his Apple iPhone 8 was at a location near the 700 block of Oakside.  Police went to the residence and found spoke to the residents who stated that her daughter had friends visiting.  Officers discovered that one of the friends was Trosper and were able to locate the Apple iPhone8.  Trosper later admitted to meeting the victim on Grinder and robbing him.

A witness reported that Trosper had robbed other men using the Grinder App.  If you or someone you know was robbed after meeting someone on Grinder, you should contact your local police department.

All criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.  A criminal charge is not evidence of guilt.


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