EDISON – It all started with a morning phone call to the Edison Police Department, which led to a search warrant and several arrests.
A 34-year-old man, Edison, was at the other end of the call at 1:40 a.m. on March 2 and told police about the alleged predator who fled the scene after he and a 26-year-old man from Springfield collided with the man. , according to Deputy Chief Robert Dudash.
The Edison man told police he and a Springfield man pretended to be a 15-year-old boy in Grindr, a social networking app for gays, bi, trans and queer, police said.
In three separate cases, two men told police they met men at pre-selected locations where they corresponded with Grindr, posing as a boy, police said.
They then allegedly clashed with individuals. In two cases, they allegedly ordered men to sit in the back seat of a vehicle, where they interrogated individuals, including “humiliating individuals and threatening men with castration at one point” for Edison’s YouTube channel, police said.
During the investigation, members of the detective bureau interviewed Edison’s man and viewed videos he had taken from alleged interrogations in the back seat, police said.
Because of the alleged interrogations, Edison’s husband and Springfield on March 3 were charged with restraining criminal responsibility and terrorist threats, which are third-degree crimes, police said.
Two men were taken to the Middlesex Adult Correctional Facility (MCACC) in North Brunswick.
When police detained Edison’s man at his residence at 7:30 p.m., a 38-year-old man from Highland Park allegedly became helpless. He was charged with hooliganism and resisting detention, and he was released on bail, police said.
During the investigation, police received a search warrant for the residence of the man Edison. When trying to start the search, Edison’s 63-year-old father allegedly obstructed the search. He was accused of obstructing, resisting detention and released on bail, police said.
On March 4, police arrested and charged 21-year-old North Plainfield and 29-year-old Edison with seducing a child and endangering the welfare of a minor – two who reportedly clashed with Edison and Springfield. Two suspected men were taken to the MCACC.
A warrant was issued against the third man on the same charges of seducing a child and endangering the welfare of a minor. The man has not been detained yet, police said.