Richmond police warn about alleged assaults on dating app users in Metro Vancouver

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      Richmond RCMP are cautioning the public about using dating apps after two male Metro Vancouver users were targeted this past weekend.

      Tantan is a Chinese-based dating app, similar to Tinder, that is available on Android and IOS smartphone platforms.

      In the first incident, a 32-year-old male from Richmond arranged to meet another Tantan user with the name "Stephanie". As the man was waiting for her just after 7 a.m. on September 8 at a residence in southwest Richmond, two suspects approached and assaulted him before he was able to escape.

      In the early hours of the following day, a 23-year-old male from Vancouver also arranged to meet Stephanie at a residence located in central Richmond around 3 a.m. on September 9.

      When he arrived at the location, he was allegedly approached by three suspects, one of whom wielded a knife. They abducted the victim and used his vehicle to go to a bank in the 3700 block of No. 3 Road, where they forced him to withdraw money from an ATM machine.

      He was robbed, including his personal items and clothing taken from him, and then later released.

      Richmond RCMP are conducting investigations into both cases.

      Cpl. Dennis Hwang advises users against meeting someone from dating apps in places that are not public areas.

      Anyone who has any information about these two cases is asked to contact Constable L. Reid of the Richmond RCMP General Investigation Service at 604-278-1212 or by email.