Two Pontiac, Michigan, men have been arrested for allegedly assaulting and robbing a man with cerebral palsy, then recording the assault with his cell phone and posting the video to his own Facebook page.
The attack occurred on Sunday morning, when the two men are believed to have followed someone into the victim’s apartment complex and then entered his unlocked apartment.
“Preying on those in our community who suffer from disabilities will not be tolerated and, furthermore, to have the audacity to post their actions on the victim’s page is beyond belief,” Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard said. “I am proud of the deputies at the Pontiac substation and the excellent investigative work that was completed in order to bring these two cowards to justice.”
While assault and robbery is bad enough, the fact that the two alleged crooks posted a video of the crime to the victim’s profile is truly shocking—and helpful to law enforcement. Officials say they were able to track the two men down in part because of the videos they shared. Many Facebook users are understandably leery of law enforcement using the site, but sometimes it can help bring investigations to a swift close. Perhaps nobody summed it up better than the victim of the crime himself, Frankie Santana.
“Why would they do that and put it on Facebook? “ he said. “That’s how you are going to get caught real quickly.”