Man Impersonating The Joker Threatens To Kill People On Live Stream
A man dressed in a Joker costume with full makeup was arrested for making threats during a Facebook Live video.
Jeremy Joseph Garnier, 51, was taken into custody in University City, a suburb of St. Louis in Missouri, on a first-degree felony charge of terrorist threat, according to a news release from the City of University City.
According to The Kansas City Star, people watching the Facebook Live video called 911 reporting that he was making threats.
During the hour-long clip Garnier posted (which is still on his Facebook profile) he explains how he spent $236 (£183) on the costume.
He also explains he is recording the video in a bid to 'end the epidemic of opiate addiction and overdose'.
He goes on: "So understand that, yes I'm chasing clout, yes I'm doing this for attention, but the attention I seek is to take over the world with a new concept. That opiates aren't cool. Heroin's for fools that want to die soon."
He then adds: "I'm going to start killing people until this [video] reaches a thousand. Once it reaches a thousand, I'm going to go out in public and I'm going to kill more."
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Garnier then tried to reassure people watching when he said: "We're not going to go in any movie theatres, and we're going to go totally unarmed because we don't want to alert the authorities into thinking that we might be on an actual rampage, because there are those of you that would like to see the Joker go down."
People following Garnier have now set up a GoFundMe page to help with his court fees. The page explains: "Jeremy was taken into custody Monday night at Blueberry Hill while Live on Facebook... He was in full makeup and costume as The Joker and was entertaining his followers by acting like The Joker.
"The video is on his Facebook wall. Someone reported mistakenly that he was making 'threats' when he was only playing a role. He is being held at St. Louis County jail charged with making 'terroristic threats' and given no bond.
"While this was undoubtedly not Jeremy's best decision considering the consequences... he was not threatening anyone. As he says... he was chasing 'clout'... trying to increase his Facebook viewers and bring attention to the opiate crisis plaguing this country.
"This is an extremely serious felony charge... I'm asking for your help so I can retain an attorney to get Jeremy a psych evaluation to show he truly is not a threat to society and to hopefully get a bond and get these charges dropped or at least reduced. I will be eternity grateful for any help!!!!!"
So far there has been $430 (£330) of the $5,000 (£3,870) raised.
Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Jeremy Joseph Garnier
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