Qld man charged after allegedly assaulting and robbing women he’d met online

UPDATE 10.00am August 24 | Police have tracked down the man accused of robbing and assaulting women he’d met on online dating apps between Brisbane and Rockhampton.

Queensland Police sent out an alert on Friday asking for help to track down the 31-year-old, who has been linked to a number of serious offences including assaults, robberies, frauds and unlawful use of a motor vehicle and stealing offences.

On Monday, it was confirmed he has been arrested Hamilton.


He has since been charged with 11 counts of fraud, two counts each of breach of bail, failure to appear in accordance with undertaking, stealing and one count each of enter premises and commit indictable offence by break, possess tainted property, wilful damage and using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence.

He is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court today.

Investigations are continuing into further matters.

EARLIER @ 6pm August 21 | Police have issued an urgent warning to Queensland women using online dating applications, with a potentially dangerous man on the run after conning a number of innocent victims.

Since July this year, police say John Dennis Gurney has been linked to a number of serious offences including assault, robbery, fraud, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and stealing.

The 31-year-old is alleged to be using online dating applications to meet women before assaulting and robbing them.

“Police have received a number of reports of the man allegedly targeting women through social media, where he stays with them a number of days before stealing property and leaving,” Qld police said.

“He has been allegedly detected using the women’s credit cards at various locations following his departure.”

His last known location was Agnes Water this morning where it is believed he departed on a bus.

He is described as Caucasian, around 180cm tall with a muscular build, blue eyes and brown hair.

Police say Gurney, who has a warrant out for his arrest for failing to appear in court on a matter from 2019, has a rose tattoo on his neck as well as tattoos on his shoulders, arms and hand.

Police are urging anyone who may see the man not to approach him but to contact Triple Zero (000) immediately.