Philadelphia man arrested for ‘prank’ robbery videos posted on Instagram

Posted at 10:34 PM, Feb 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-20 22:39:50-05
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PHILADELPHIA (PIX11) – A Philadelphia man faces felony charges after recording prank robberies and posting them to Instagram, according to police.

Daron Stinson, 21, who uses the Instagram handle “funniestnphilly,” has come to the end of his run as the most terrifying comic in the City of Brotherly Love.  Stinson and an accomplice allegedly recorded themselves driving up to strangers and pulling a very realistic pellet gun while laughing as their victims panicked, some dropping to the ground or trying to flee.

In one case, the truck rolls up to a 52-year-old resident spreading salt on the sidewalk.  The passenger pulls out the pistol while screaming, “put that salt in the truck” as the frightened man stumbles toward the vehicle, spilling his rock salt on the ground.

“I can’t understand why anyone in their right mind would think something like this is a joke,” Philadelphia police Lt. John Stanford told CBSPhilly. “They could cause someone to have a heart attack. They could cause someone to be harmed in so many different ways. Again, this is just something that’s senseless and stupid, for lack of a better term.”

Stinson is being held on $250,000 bail and faces charges of aggravated assault, robbery, making terroristic threats and reckless endangerment.