Two men have pleaded guilty to using the dating app Grindr to target, assault and rob gay men in a string of home invasions.
Nigel Garrett, 21, and Cameron Ajiduah, 18, admitted assaulting the men because of their sexual orientation and face up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine for the hate crime charges.
Two other defendants, Anthony Shelton and Chancler Encalade Jr., also of Frisco, are awaiting trial.
According to the plea agreement Garrett signed in January, he, Shelton and Encalade used the gay-oriented social media dating platform to arrange to meet a victim at the victim's home. Once there, they restrained the victim with tape, physically assaulted him and made derogatory remarks about the victim's sexual orientation while brandishing a firearm, officials said.
The men also stole property from the victim, including his Toyota Tundra.
According to a separate plea agreement signed by Ajiduah in February, he, Garrett and Shelton similarly targeted a second victim. In that attack, the men restrained the victim, covered his eyes with tape, physically assaulted him and berated him for being gay.
"The Justice Department will not tolerate hate crimes against any individual based on sexual orientation," said Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore. "Hate crimes are violent crimes but also attack the fundamental principles of the United States."
A federal grand jury had previously returned an 18-count indictment against the four men that in addition to the hate crimes included kidnapping, carjacking and the use of firearms to commit violent crimes. The indictment also charged them with conspiring to cause bodily injury because of the victim's sexual orientation during four home invasions in Plano, Frisco, and Aubrey in January and February 2017.