Police: Suspects found thanks to YouTube

August 21, 2009 8:46:28 AM PDT
Two men wanted for burglary and weapons violations were arrested thanks, in part, to the website YouTube.It all began on Saturday, August 15th when police responded to the 200 block of Mansion Parkway for a report of a burglary.

Officers learned that the victim had been in front of his house talking to two men he knew as "Sookie" and "Greedy." When the victim returned, he found his home had been burglarized.

Police ran a computer check, and learned Greedy's real name was John Smith of the unit block of Bizarre Drive in New Castle.

Then, on Monday, police were called to the same home on Mansion Parkway for a report of a man with a gun.

This time, the victim said he was walking to his mailbox when he was again approached by Smith and "Sookie." The man known as Sookie pointed a gun at the victim, police said.

However, the victim had a picture of Sookie on his cell phone, and told police that the two men posted rap videos on YouTube under the name "Cash Avenue."

After watching the YouTube clip, police said they determined that Sookie's real name was Sameir Handy of the unit block of Birkshire Road in New Castle.

On Thursday, a SWAT team executed a search warrant for the home on Birkshire road, where both Smith and Handy were taken into custody without incident.

Police say a .22 caliber revolver and a black, semi-automatic BB gun were found.

Smith and Handy were charged with aggravated menacing, conspiracy in the second degree, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited and terroristic threatening.

Both men were arraigned and committed to Howard Young Prison after failing to post $35,000 secured bail.


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