US Man Facing 32 Years In Prison For Holding Tinder Date Captive & Beating Her For Six Days

An American man is facing 32 years in prison for allegedly kidnapping, beating and holding captive a university student he met on Tinder.

The University of Kansas student had previously met the 30-year-old man, Shane Steven Allen, once before, after matching with him on dating app Tinder.

According to the Lawrence Journal-World, the woman said “everything was OK” on their first meeting, but things turned nasty on the second date after Allen picked up the 20-year-old student from her sorority house and took her to his trailer.

As she worked on a school assignment that was due that night, Allen invited two male friends over and they all smoke marijuana together.

Later that evening Allen became angry and accused the young student of flirting with one of his friends, punching her in the eye and continuing to beat her, the victim’s affidavit stated.

The 6ft man then continued to abuse the woman over a six-day period, refusing to take her home despite her continued requests, saying she had to wait until her injuries healed.

When the 20-year-old returned to her sorority on April 18th, she had visible bruises and injuries on her face and body, and was taken to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Shane Steven Allen was then arrested, and is facing one charge of kidnapping and four charges of battery.

He is being held at Douglas County Jail on a $100,000 bond, and if convicted could face up to 32 years in prison.

In a statement about the case, dating app Tinder said: “We are truly shocked and saddened by these events. Our thoughts are with the victim and we will work with law enforcement to help with this investigation. The suspect has been removed from our platform.

“People with bad intentions exist everywhere. Tinder has become one of the largest social platforms in the world, with 10 billion connections made in just the last few years, and therefore we are not immune to this, despite the fact that it represents a minuscule percentage of our experiences.

“We take our users’ safety very seriously and continuously advise our community of millions of users to be vigilant, report any suspicious activity and pay attention to our health and safety recommendations available on the app and online: If a crime has been committed, we encourage users to report it to local law enforcement. We will fully cooperate with law enforcement to aid in any investigation that involves Tinder.”

Shane Steven Allen is due in court today for a preliminary hearing.

Simon Edmunds

Simon is the former editor of Global Dating Insights. Born in Newcastle, he has an English degree from Queen Mary, London and after working for the NHS, trained as a journalist with the Press Association. Passionate about music, journalism and Newcastle United.

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