Social media helps keep us in touch with family and friends, share music and generally let others know what we’re doing. There are some people, though, that use social media for something a bit different — showing off their crimes. That is what police allege happened after three men reportedly stole a limo at gunpoint and assaulted the driver.
According to the police report, the Oct. 6 crime took place at a McDonald’s in Cleveland. The driver, a National Guardsman, had dropped his passengers off at Progressive Field for the Indians/Red Sox playoff game. He stopped at McDonald’s and was sitting outside of the limo on the curb when he says he was approached by three men. They asked for a ride through the drive-through in the limo and the driver refused, thinking it was a joke. The driver said he was then attacked at gunpoint, with the three men punching and choking him. The police said the driver fought back and poked one of them in the eye. The men then reportedly stole the limo.
The driver suffered a concussion and said that even with basic training, he wasn’t prepared for what happened. Several items were in the limo when it was taken, including the driver’s identification, credit cards, $340 in cash and his cellphone.
The limo was later found, but it had been wrecked. The owner of it said that it was salvageable.
The next day, a video showed up on YouTube of three men in the limo driving around. The police have reportedly identified the men and they are two 18-year-olds and one 19-year-old. Only one of the men police believe were involved in the crime is in custody.
When you are facing criminal charges, it’s important to obtain the representation of an experienced attorney as soon as possible. If you are aware that police are looking for you, your attorney can determine how and when you should turn yourself in.
Source: fox8.com, “Suspects accused of stealing limo in Cleveland, posting video of joyride to Facebook,” Matt Wright, Oct. 13, 2016