two men victims of ambush after appointments arranged on the Coco site

two men victims of ambush after appointments arranged on the Coco site
two men victims of ambush after appointments arranged on the Coco site

Two men were victims of two separate ambushes after arranging meetings on the dating site Coco. The victims were assaulted and assaulted by individuals.

Coco once again in the news. This weekend, two men were victims of two separate ambushes after going to meetings in the town of Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence), BFM learned FROM HERE.

According to our information, the two men set up a romantic date via the Coco dating messaging service. Once there, they were attacked and assaulted by individuals. Shocked, the two men decided to file a complaint. According to the first elements collected, these are two separate cases and the investigation currently being carried out will have to determine whether the perpetrators of these two attacks are the same people.

“I confirm these two attacks in the context of ambushes following appointments made on the Coco website. Judicial investigations were opened this weekend at the request of the public prosecutor’s office. This is now information judicial which has been open with the investigating judge of Digne-les-Bains since this Wednesday”, indicates Rémy Avon, prosecutor of Digne-les-Bains to BFM DICI.

A new trap organized from Coco

For several years, the Coco platform has become a tool of choice for people wanting to organize ambushes, particularly targeting homosexuals. This site allows discussions without moderation and is very often at the heart of violent news stories.

To enter the site, there is no obligation to provide your real identity. All you have to do is enter a nickname, determine your age, gender and postal code. Ease of access allowing malicious people to create accounts with false identities to trap their correspondents.

On January 21, 2018, Michel Sollossi succumbed to his injuries after being stabbed several times at his home in Cergy (Val-d’Oise). A few hours earlier, he had found a man he met on Coco at Pontoise station and had him come to his house. This meeting was actually a trap.

On April 15, Philippe Coopman, aged 22, was killed in Grande-Synthe (North) in an ambush. One of the suspects arrested told investigators that he had created a false profile on the Coco website, posing as an underage girl, and had arranged to meet the young man.

The dangerousness of the site is regularly denounced by associations such as SOS Homophobia and Innocence in Danger. In 2016, the children’s defense organization launched a petition to demand the closure of the site.

Valentin Doyen, with Sylvain Allemand

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