Philadelphia Cops Arrest Man For Series Of Instragram "Prank" Robbery Videos
A Philadelphia man is jailed on a variety of felony charges after uploading Instagram videos showing him pointing what appeared to be a handgun at a series of terrified victims.
According to investigators, Daron Stinson, 21, and an accomplice drove around filming themselves as they accosted pedestrians. Those clips were then uploaded to Stinson’s Instagram page (“funniestnphilly”), which portrays Stinson (seen at right) as a prankster and wannabe comedian/actor.
In a video (seen above) uploaded February 15, Stinson points a gun at a man salting a snowy sidewalk and demands that the 52-year-old victim put the salt in the car’s trunk. A caption on the video cautions, “Please don't try this it's very dangerous poor old head make him waste all that good salt.”
Police say that Stinson brandished a pellet gun during the videotaped confrontations, which are filled with profanity and racial epithets.
Additional Instagram clips (seen below) show Stinson pointing the weapon at other individuals and, in several cases, firing the pellet gun as victims scattered. In the background, Stinson and accused cohort Courtland Gilliam, 19, can be heard laughing at the panicked pedestrians.
Stinson is locked up in lieu of $125,000 bail on a host of charges, including aggravated assault, robbery, making terroristic threats, and reckless endangerment.