Man sought out male rape victims in local bars
Joey Poindexter, 38-year-old bar patron, has allegedly been attending beer pong tournaments regularly to scope out his victims. His favorite hangout appears to be a popular spot in College Park called, Looney’s. According to Looney’s manager, Poindexter was seen there every Wednesday night taking part in the beer pong tournaments that were regularly organized there.
“He would make shots left and right, like really good,” says Kevin Mattingly.
Montgomery County Police say the accused used the events in Baltimore to find victims and believe he has quite a way with being a sexual predator, targeting college-aged men. On Oct. 3, Poindexter was arrested after meeting a young adult college-aged man who was drunk from playing beer pong at Looney’s. Poindexter is said to have taken the drunken man back to his home in Gaithersburg and assaulted him.
“After something like this happens you start to think back and see how friendly he was and maybe he was trying to do something else with that,” re-called Mattingly.
Police now believe that Poindexter was a serial predator who targeted heterosexual men and assaulted them over a period not less than 10 years. 10 victims have been discovered from photos found on the accuser’s cell phone, although six of the victims remain un-identified. In each photo the victims were photographed in compromising positions.
Police believe that the number of victims will likely grow much larger once the full images are downloaded and studied more closely. The University of Maryland Help Center has extended their services to counsel those in crisis. Sarah Gordon, a crisis intervention specialist, told ABC 2 News, “We know it’s an issue that’s rampant on college campuses. Those statistics are severely under-reported, so just having students know that there are ser-vices for them.”
Police believe that Poindexter frequented beer pong events in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas searching for victims. They advise patrons of these events to not take drinks from anyone unless you have known them for a long period of time, preferably many years and not to get into a drunken state impairing your judgment.
If you have any information that could help police solve this case, you’re asked to call Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division at (240) 773-5070.
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