CMPD issues dating app warning after increase in sexual assault reports

- The Charlote-Mecklenburg Police Department has issued a dating app warning in the area following an increase in reported sexual assaults. 

Investigators said they've seen a spike in recent months of sexual assaults reported by women who met the suspect using a dating app like Tinder, Hinge, Plenty of Fish and others. 

'We've identified at least 15 from 2017. So far in 2018, 20 reports have come in," Lt. Muriel Hughes with the Sex Assault Unit said on Wednesday during a news conference. 

Lt. Hughes said it's not happening in one social media platform but across multiple. 

"If you use the apps/sites make sure both parties are on the same page about expectations and always meet in a public place," she said. 

Lt. Hughes said they've charged one suspect in two cases. She also believes the cases are under reported and asks that anyone who may have experienced an attack, to please report it. 

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