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A California couple has been accused of planting a bicycle to lure would-be thieves in their front yard so they could beat them and post the violent assaults on YouTube.
Corey Curnutt, 25, and Savannah Grillot, 29, are now facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy in connection with the violent attacks that authorities say continued for months.
Sgt. Celeste Sanchez, public information officer for the Visalia Police Department, told Oxygen.com that authorities believe the couple’s motive was that they were “frustrated” by ongoing vehicle burglaries that happened at their home.
They decided to turn the tables on potential thieves by taking matters into their own hands in a series of attacks beginning July 2019 and continuing through November, according to a release from the department.
“In the videos, it appears as if the suspects planted a bicycle in the front yard of their residence, unsecured, and waited for someone to try and steal the bicycle,” police said. “Once someone tried to steal the bike, the suspects would rush from the house and assault the individual with a baseball bat.”
Detectives in the violent crimes division have identified at least four victims who were beaten in the attacks. Each received various non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Sanchez told Oxygen.com the investigation into the couple’s alleged plot began in November.
“An anonymous neighbor was fed up with what was happening to the victims and reported in an anonymous tip,” she said.
Investigators are asking that anyone with additional information about the attacks to contact Det. James Cummings at (559) 713-4722.
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