He Met Two Men On Dating Apps. Then, He Raped One And Carjacked The Other, Police Claim.

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Source: Prince George's County Police Department; Mega

Feb. 17 2023, Published 11:39 a.m. ET

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A Maryland man has been charged with rape, kidnapping, handgun offenses, armed robbery and multiple other crimes in connection with dates he allegedly went on with two men he met on dating apps, officials said.

On Feb. 12, authorities were notified of a sexual assault that took place on Feb. 10, in Brandywine, the Prince George’s County Police Department said.

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During the initial investigation, police determined Rodney Richardson, 26, chatted with the victim, an adult male, on a popular dating app and they agreed to meet up.

During their date, Richardson allegedly raped the victim at gunpoint and then drove the victim to a bank and forced him to take out money, authorities said.

Investigators were able to identify Richardson as a suspect and charged him in connection with the crimes.

The Carjacking Interdiction Unit then charged Richardson in a separate case, an armed carjacking that occurred on Feb. 2, also in Brandywine, police said.

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In that case, an investigation determined Richardson allegedly chatted with the victim, an adult male, on a dating app. When the men met in person, Richardson allegedly carjacked the victim at gunpoint, according to police.

Detectives obtained a warrant for Richardson's arrest and took him into custody on Feb. 13. He was booked into the Department of Corrections.

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The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information concerning Richardson is asked to call the sexual assault unit detectives at the Prince George’s County Police Department at (301) 772-4908 and reference case number 23-0008863.


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