The 10 Most Devastating Social Media Crimes From 2017

These acts of violence quickly went viral.

By Gina Tron

Social media crimes seem to be a disturbing, escalating trend in 2017. Whether the crimes were committed or confessed over apps like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or Instagram, they're all equally as shocking.

Here are the 10 most horrific social media crimes from 2017:

1. Man shoots random man on street

On Easter Sunday, a Cleveland man shot and killed a 74-year-old man and posted a video of the killing to Facebook, according to CNN. In the recording, suspect Steve Stephens appears to be driving. Then, he gets out of his car and shoots Robert Godwin, Sr., an elderly grandfather.

Authorities believe he posted several other Facebook videos in which he allegedly bragged that he’d killed at least a dozen other people. The ambling videos he shared showed Stephens saying he “was out of options” and that wanted to kill as many innocent people as possible, according to The Chicago Tribune.

2. Pregnant teen shoots boyfriend during YouTube stunt

Monalisa Perez, a teen from Minnesota, fatally shot her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz, while recording a YouTube stunt. According to BuzzFeed, the couple was trying to create a video in which Ruiz held up a book. Perez, who was pregnant at the time, claimed her boyfriend believed the book would stop the bullet.

The couple had their own YouTube channel and were reportedly aiming to become more famous. The couple's 3-year-old daughter witnessed the stunt gone wrong, according to

3. Group tortures developmentally disabled man

In January, a group of four from Chicago live-streamed an attack on a young developmentally disabled man, according to Fortune. The victim was bound, gagged and cut with a knife. At one point, the stream had more than 16,000 viewers, who watched the horror.

According to a Fox affiliate, the victim was repeatedly kicked and hit, and his scalp was cut. He was held at knifepoint and forced to drink water from a toilet. The young man later escaped, and the four suspects — Jordan Hill, Tesfaye Cooper, Brittany Covington and Tanishia Covington — were arrested by police, according to NBC News.

4. Rapper and pal shoot at buildings and Snapchat it

A man and woman from Houston, Texas allegedly shot at buildings from a moving car and posted videos of the act on Snapchat in September, according to Fox News. Michael Anthony Cuellar, 28, and Sierra Tarbutton, 27, were behind the video, which went viral.

CW39 reported that nobody was hurt in the shooting. However, there was some damage, including a $33,000 store sign.

5. Kenneka Jenkins controversy

Facebook Live videos fueled controversy and speculation surrounding the September death of 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins, who was found dead in a hotel’s industrial walk-in freezer in Rosemont, Illinois. People obsessed with the case focused on one Facebook Live video in particular.

In that clip, some believed they heard the teen crying for help. Eventually, her death was ruled accidental, but many of the conspiracy theories about her death still live on.

6. Alleged thief narrates his getaway on Facebook

In June, a man from Idaho allegedly attempted to rob a Walmart in Idaho and then broadcasted his getaway on a bicycle over Facebook Live, according to the New York Post. Jason Granger, 32, made some bold statements during the live-stream: “You [expletive] cops can’t catch me. Like my new wheels, guys? Isn’t that a sweet bike? I’m still running from any cop I come across. Catch me if you can.”

According to the Idaho Statesman, Granger allegedly stole the bicycle from a church community center.

“Compliments of the [expletive] community center I [expletive] robbed it from. It was a pretty cool community center. ... In fact, I might go back and take some more [expletive],” he said.

7. Group of boys sexually assault teen

In March, several teenage boys in Chicago live-streamed the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl using Facebook, according to NBC News. According to police, at one point more than 40 people were watching the attack, but no one called 911 or contacted the authorities.

The mother of the victim approached police after an unrelated news conference, according to Fortune, and showed them images of her daughter being assaulted by five or six young men. NBC News reported that two boys have been arrested in connection with the assault.

8. Student brags about harassing her roommate on Instagram

A white college freshman from the University of Hartford was arrested on criminal charges after she allegedly bragged about harassing her black roommate until she moved out over the fall, according to The Boston Globe. The incident led to the expulsion of the white student, Brianna Brochu, 18, according to The New York Times.

Police said Brochu allegedly admitted to licking Rowe’s dining utensils and to smearing “bodily fluid” on her former roommate Chennel “Jazzy” Rowe’s backpack with a tampon, according to the Hartford Courant

9. YouTube couple abuse their child on video

The Maryland couple behind the popular “DaddyOFive” YouTube channel were found guilty of child neglect in September for making a video in which they berated and cursed one of their children, according to New York Daily News. In that video, posted on April 12, the couple’s 9-year-old son Cody was accused of spilling ink in the house until he cried.

As a result, Mike and Heather Martin lost custody of their children and were handed a sentence of five years of supervised probation on Monday, WTOP reported.

10. Arrest turns into live-streamed death

Brooklyn resident Jamel Chandler, 21, broadcasted his last moments on Facebook Live. He asked his audience to tune as he faced arrest for allegedly robbing a taxi driver, according to The New York Times.

“The cops is at the door right now looking for me, tune in,” he said. “I’m scared.”

He threatened to jump and told his viewers, “If you don’t want me to jump, let me know.”

According to the police, Chandler made a rope of knotted bedsheets and tried to flee his impending arrest by climbing down the rope. When one of the knots came undone, he fell from his 11th floor apartment and died.

[Photo: Facebook]

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