Two teenagers have been arrested after they allegedly assaulted a woman and broadcast it on Facebook Live, reports The SunHerald.
The Gulfport Police Department responded to a call at 11:46 p.m. Tuesday night about a 23-year-old woman who had been physically and sexually assaulted on a Facebook Live video.
Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania said that officers worked overnight to get arrest warrants for the two teens involved.
Haleigh Alexis Hudson, 19, reportedly turned herself in to police Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. She was booked on charges of felony kidnapping and sexual assault.
About an hour later, police arrested Ezzie Johnson, 17. He was charged with felony kidnapping after being accused of filming the assault at Hudson’s home. He will be charged as an adult.
A third suspect, Kadari Booker, 17, was taken into custody late Wednesday night. He is also being charged with kidnapping and sexual battery, WLOX reports.
Bails for the teens were set at $400,000 for Hudson, $400,000 for Johnson, and $500,000 for Booker.
All three are being held at the Harrison County Adult Detention Facility.
The video was removed from the social media site, but a copy of it reappeared on Wednesday morning. By that time, it has received 48,000 views. Papania said he was appalled at the number of times the video was shared.
“I can’t help but be disturbed by the incredible numbers of shares and views of this crude and despicable event. We videotape pain and suffering, then we share it and then we view it over and over.”
He also addressed complaints from the public about how long it took for police to issue a statement about the case.
“Criminal acts require we properly investigate and collect evidence. We will continue to work at the speed of proper police work. We will not work at the speed of Facebook.”
If you have any information that could help detectives investigating the case, please call the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959 or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.
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