DEFENDANTS WHO USED PERISCOPE APP TO LIVE STREAM CRIMES SAYING THEY WOULD SHOOT UP NEIGHBORHOOD WITH LOADED AR-15 GUN IF THEY GOT 100 VIEWS PLEAD GUILTY
Posted on 9/28/2016
Defendant: Yusuf Suliman Conteh and Damon Andrew Rosmond
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “Two men who wanted attention by live-streaming a statement on the social media app Periscope, saying that they would shoot up the neighborhood if they got to 100 views, plead guilty today to numerous counts”. Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced that both Yusuf Suliman Conteh, age 21, and a friend Damon Andrew Rosmond, age 21, plead guilty to Furnishing a Firearm to a Minor, Inducing Panic, Improper Handling of a Firearm, and Tampering with Evidence in connection to the series of events that occurred late in the evening on February 21, 2016 starting at a home located on Wainwright Avenue in Columbus. “The two defendants were broadcasting live on Periscope, and stated that if they got to 100 views, they would take an AR-15 outside and empty the clip in the neighborhood,” O’Brien stated. “At one point in the live-stream, a toddler in a diaper came into view of the camera and was handed the gun,” O’Brien further stated. After the views exceeded 100, the two men exited the residence and began driving in a vehicle. A citizen in another state was watching the live-stream and authorities were contacted. The Periscope App shows a map and the general area where different videos are being live-streamed, and the Columbus Police were able to locate the vehicle with the two men. “A pre-sentence investigation has been ordered on the defendants and their sentencing is set for November 9th,” O’Brien stated.