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Man strangled to death man he found through dating app in Tennessee, cops say

Source: Nashville Police Department, MEGA

Aug. 7 2021, Published 9:42 a.m. ET

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A California man was arrested after he allegedly killed a man he found through a dating app in Tennessee.

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Bruno Almeida-Rache, 27, was charged with criminal homicide in the apparent strangulation death of Joshua Smithson, 36, according to Nashville Metro police.

Police and emergency medical personnel were called to the Madison, Tennessee home by Almeida-Rache shortly before 7 a.m. on Aug. 5.

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Smithson was dead with multiple visible injuries to his face and head, according to police.


During an interview with police, Almeida-Rache said he met Smithson through a dating app and arrived at his home around 2:30 a.m., authorities said.

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He said they engaged in sex and ingested drugs, according to police.

Almeida-Rache said he fell asleep and woke up to Smithson standing in front of the bed looking at him. He said he then kicked Smithson in the face and put him into a chokehold until he stopped moving, cops say.

Almeida-Rache is being held without bond pending a hearing.


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