Monalisa Perez, 19, and her husband Pedro Ruiz II, 22, planned to stop a bullet with a thick encyclopedia, which Ruiz held in front of his chest while Perez fired a gun, she later told police. But during the late June shoot, the bullet pieced the encyclopedia neatly, resulting in Ruiz getting shot.
After he dropped to the ground, Perez ran into her house and plugged in her smartphone, which was low on power, to call 911.
“We were doing a YouTube video, and it went wrong,” she said, initially telling the dispatcher that she had also been shot. “Please hurry up. … My God, hurry up, please!”
She gave her address, but ambulance personnel had difficulty finding her house, at one point stopping to ask her for directions.
Then, she ran outside to check on Ruiz.
“Oh, my God, he’s dead!” she said. “He looks like he’s dying, ma’am. He’s all blue. Please hurry up, ma’am. … He’s dying. He’s dying!”
At another point, she said “Oh my God, I knew…” which authorities reportedly say is proof she knew how dangerous the stunt was.
Perez is now facing a second-degree manslaughter charge for the stunt, which the couple both planned, People reports. She told law enforcement that Perez had previously shown her thick books that had stopped a bullet as proof that the encyclopedia would protect him.
The couple, who also have a 3-year-old daughter, had begun shooting YouTube stunt videos together in May.
Perez was released from jail on $7,000 bail. She is facing up to 10 years in prison.
[Image: Northwest Regional Corrections Center]
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