Grindr hook-up brought a gun and an accomplice to rob Rogers Park man: prosecutors

CHICAGO — The suburban Christian school teacher accused of robbing and invading the home of a man he chatted up on Grindr, the gay dating app, is now charged with committing a similar crime in Rogers Park last June.

Incredibly, court records say the Rogers Park victim identified Antoine Perteet, 33, as his assailant in early July. But prosecutors did not charge Perteet with the crime until now. If the allegations are true, Perteet victimized at least one other person after authorities identified him.

On October 8, three months after the Rogers Park victim identified him in a photo line-up, Perteet and another man went to the home of a Cicero man that Perteet chatted with on the app, prosecutors said. They allegedly tied up, gagged, and robbed the victim at gunpoint.

At one point, Perteet made the man reveal his phone password, prosecutors said, and Perteet thumbed through the device as he pressed his foot into the man’s face. We published a detailed accounting of the October 8 home invasion a few days ago.

Antoine Perteet | Cook County sheriff’s office

Now, prosecutors have laid out similar allegations against Perteet in connection with the June 28 robbery in the 1900 block of West Morse. In recently filed papers, prosecutors said Perteet met the man on a dating app, and the victim agreed to let Perteet and another man come to his home.

They arrived at the victim’s house around 11:30 p.m. and, once inside, pulled out guns. They robbed the man, forced him to lie down in the bedroom, and took his cash and phone, prosecutors alleged.

The complaint said that Perteet forced the man to unlock the device and then accessed his digital wallet. While the second man held the victim at gunpoint, Perteet allegedly went to an ATM and tried to make a withdrawal with the phone.

Prosecutors said Perteet and his accomplice collected the man’s jewelry and credit cards, then left.

The next day, Chase notified the victim that someone tried to use his debit card at one of their branches in Rogers Park. The victim also learned that one of his cards was used at a gas station on the Far North Side and a liquor store in Waukegan.

Coincidentally, Perteet teaches at a Christian school in Waukegan, according to his defense attorney, and he was arrested there on the Cicero charges late last year.

A video from the liquor store showed Perteet trying to make a purchase with the victim’s digital wallet on June 29, but it failed. Officials said he used one of the man’s credit cards to complete the transaction.

Perteet and an unknown person were also seen on video at the gas station, according to prosecutors. The business’ cameras captured pictures of Perteet’s license plate, and investigators used that information to identify him as a suspect, court papers say.

After hearing about the Rogers Park allegations this week, Judge Maria Kuriakos-Ciesel detained Perteet as a public safety threat. He has been detained on similar grounds since prosecutors filed charges in the Cicero case last month.

Prosecutors have not yet charged anyone else in connection with the crimes.

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