by: Rachel Stockman Updated:ATLANTA, Ga. —
Atlanta police are investigating after a man was stabbed and his car was stolen by a date he met on the online dating application, “Tinder.”
According to a police report, the victim met the suspect on Tinder and the two agreed to meet at the McDonald’s on Barrett Parkway, and then relocated to the apartment of a friends on Defoors Ferry Road in Northwest Atlanta.
At some point, the suspect started stabbing the victim, according to police. The victim told Channel 2's Rachel Stockman he was stabbed four times in the incident that happened earlier this month. Police say he was treated and transported by ambulance.
“It was pretty scary,” said neighbor Candi Cole. “You can’t really assume you are safe if you put anything online.”
Witnesses on the scene told police that the victim approached them bleeding. They advised police the victim said that the suspect had locked him in a bathroom, stabbed him, stole his money and his vehicle. At last check, police were still looking for the suspect. Police collected a steak knife as potential evidence, they said.
Tinder is a dating app, where users can swipe, if they like or don’t like certain profiles, and the app notifies users of a “match.”
Tinder posted a list of safety tips on its website including: get to know the other person before meeting them offline, always meet in public, tell a friend or inform a family member of your plans.