No one likes being rejected. But one Seattle man took his recent Grindr spurn a little too personally.
41-year-old Alik Lebedev (pictured) immigrated to the United States from Russia 16 years ago. In March, he connected with a man on Grindr. After chatting for a while, the two agreed to meet. But when Lebedev showed up at the guy’s condo, the alleged victim decided he was no longer interested. He offered Lebedev a glass of water then asked him to leave.
A short while later, the alleged victim had a change of heart and sent Lebedev another message, inviting him back over. He accepted. When he returned to the man’s condo, however, Lebedev had a gun.
First, he demanded the victim hand over all his cash, two watches and a credit card. Then he made him delete all the messages they had exchanged on Grindr, stole his SIM card, and fled.
Police were able to use DNA collected from the glass of water to track down Lebedev. When they arrived at his house the following Monday, Lebedev barricaded himself inside and threatened to shoot.
An eight hour standoff ensued and didn’t end until Lebedev turned the gun on himself. He suffered a single shotgun wound to the chest, but survived. He was taken to a local hospital, where he remains today. He has been charged with first-degree armed robbery.
But this isn’t Lebedev’s first run in with the law.
In 2000, he was arrested for trying to shoplift $4,000 worth of jewelry from Sears, then taking off in a stolen car. He served three years in prison for the crime.
In 2006, he was arrested a second time for attempting to solicit sex and sending dirty photos and videos of himself to a police officer posing as a 14-year-old boy online. He served two and a half years in prison for that.
And in 2010, he got in trouble for failing to register his address with police when he moved.
h/t: Seattle Times