Judge sets bond for three suspects charged in connection to online dating app armed robberies

Judge sets bond for three suspects charged in connection to online dating app armed robberies
(SOURCE: MBPD)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A judge set bond Tuesday morning for the three men accused of using a dating app to commit several armed robberies.

Dlanor Phillip Tilton, Shamoray Rockel Holmes and Mazar Nathaniel Sturdivant were arrested by Myrtle Beach police on Monday night.

Tilton and Sturdivant were charged with three counts of armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

(SOURCE: MBPD)
(SOURCE: MBPD)
(SOURCE: MBPD)
(SOURCE: MBPD)

Holmes was charged with one count of armed robbery.

(SOURCE: MBPD)
(SOURCE: MBPD)

In a bond hearing Tuesday morning, Tilton and Sturdivant’s bond was set at $80,000. Holmes’ bond was set at $25,000.

An initial court appearance is scheduled for March 1 in Conway, while a second appearance is scheduled for May 3 at the Horry County Judicial Center. All three suspects are eligible for court appointed council.

In a press release, MBPD said: “After an extensive investigation, the Myrtle Beach Police Department has arrested three individuals involved in the social networking robbery cases. The first incident occurred on December 27 in the area of 6710 Wahoo Dr, the second occurred December 28 in the area of 67th Ave N, and the third occurred on December 29 in the area of 6509 Bryant St.”

Police reports say the victims were targeted on the Grindr app. Grindr is “the largest social networking app for gay, bi, trans, and queer people,” its website says.

According to police reports, in one of the three incidents, the 50-year-old victim says he was asked to pick up the suspect on Bryant Street in Myrtle Beach.

The report says when the victim pulled up to the address given, two suspects pulled a handgun on him and demanded money.

The man reportedly said he didn’t have any money and ran to a nearby yard to call the police.

The report says the man’s phone and wallet were taken from his car.

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