Bronx Man Charged With Hacking Grindr Date to Death

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday September 29, 2020

A Bronx man is accused of hacking to death a man he met on the gay dating app Grindr, the New York Daily News reports.

Charged with murder, manslaughter, and criminal possession of a weapon, 50-year-old Juan Alonso allegedly killed the victim with a machete. Alonso's roommate said he returned home after being away to find the suspect standing over the victim and holding the weapon. The victim, who has yet to be identified, was face down on the floor with wounds to his back and head.

Building superintendent John Gonzalez, 33, said Alonso was escorted out of the building by police in a blood-drenched bed sheet. Gonzalez explained that Alonso "said he was in the bed sleeping — and when he woke up, there was someone was on top of him trying to rape him... he was out of it."

Gonzalez described Alonso, who made a living cooking Mexican food and selling it on the street, as a "good guy" and "calm. He didn't look like the type of guy who would do something like that."

What authorities do know is, Alonso met the victim on Grindr. But what prompted the attack, or if Alonso and the victim had ever met before, is still unclear. Alonso has been hospitalized for a psychiatric evaluation, delaying his arraignment in Bronx criminal court.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.