Daniel Andrew McGee Wiki – Daniel Andrew McGee Biography
Daniel Andrew McGee of Springfield was arrested by the FBI Monday on a hate crime charge that charged him with a July 5 attack on a man he met through social media and the Grindr dating app on which McGee he allegedly struck the victim with a wooden stick and attempted to kill him, according to a statement issued Tuesday by the Federal Prosecutor’s Office.
A Lane County man faces a federal hate crime charge on allegations that he used a dating app to brutally assault and assault a man because he was gay.
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Daniel Andrew McGee is 22 years old.
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Daniel Andrew McGee of Springfield met with the victim, who was not identified by prosecutors, on July 5, the Justice Department announced in a press release Tuesday.
An Oregon man charged with a hate crime for allegedly beating up a gay man used the LGBTQ dating app Grindr to find his victim, prosecutors said.
After entering the man’s apartment, McGee allegedly assaulted him with a wooden club for several minutes in an attempt to kill him while the man pleaded with him to stop, prosecutors said.
Police responded to the apartment around 11:30 a.m. after receiving reports of someone yelling for help and found the victim with life-threatening head injuries, Oregon Live reported. The victim suffered multiple cuts to the sides and back of the head, and a large part of the scalp was missing.
McGee, who was allegedly in the apartment covered in blood, told police that he went there because his nightmares were telling him that he needed to kill the victim.
According to an FBI agent, McGee told authorities that he hit the victim with his fists and hit a tire.
McGee allegedly found the man on Grindr and used the screen name “curious st8” before exchanging messages on Snapchat. He wanted to make sure he and the man were alone when they met, according to Oregon Live.
He allegedly spent weeks leading up to the attack searching for “violent anti-gay” content online, prosecutors said. According to the complaint, McGee accessed videos of attacks on LGBTQ + people online, as well as how to get away with it.
He is also accused of buying the weapon used in the attack online.
The FBI arrested McGee on Monday. At his first court appearance, McGee was ordered detained pending further court proceedings, prosecutors said.
Grindr is a dating app used primarily by gay and bise*xual men. It has been the subject of past scrutiny as it has been used in other attacks against members of the LGBTQ + community.
In 2019, three teenagers were arrested in the UK after allegedly using the app to lure men and then subjecting them to homophobic attacks before robbing them. One of her victims said she feared for her life when a man threatened to stick a screwdriver in her eye.
Also in 2019, two Texas men were charged with using Grindr to target at least nine LGBTQ + men in a series of serious crimes. They allegedly held their victims at gunpoint and forced them to surrender their wallets, money, driver’s licenses, cell phones, credit cards, and car keys before stealing their vehicles.
Of the 8,052 hate crimes reported to the Justice Department last year, 1,110 were related to sexual orientation, according to department data. This marks a slight decrease from 2019 when 1,195 hate crimes were reported to the Justice Department.