A YouTuber, who is a live-streamer, was taken into custody in Seatle after he made a fake threat in the University of Washington. He goes by the name of ‘Arab Andy’.
The video was removed by YouTube for violating its T&C. But several other accounts uploaded the same video which is still available on YouTube. In the video, Andy can be seen going into a classroom and playing an audio by a viewer on a speaker attached to him. Text-to-Speech is the new trend where a donor can play any pre-recorded audio clip on the live-streamed.
He continued to stream after everyone left the college and he can be seen in the video boasting about how successful live-stream was. Even after being arrested, the stream continued mocking the whole situation.
The University of Washington police department released a statement on their official website following the incident, which stated: ‘Around 5 p.m., a man walked into a classroom in Savery Hall on the University of Washington campus, filming with a phone in his hand,’ the UWPD told. ‘He asked for everyone’s attention and a pre-recorded message emitted from a speaker on his jacket, announcing something to the effect of ‘The C4 is charged’ and a countdown began. People ran from the room and activated the fire alarm on their way out.’
This kind of thing is not new for ‘Arab Andy,’ in the past he has caused a public panic of same nature. Previously, he streamed himself getting into verbal altercations with passengers on a bus after a pre-recorded repeated a racist expletive. The UW Police did not tell whether ‘Arab Andy’ was charged with faking a ammunition threat. Washington state considers such threats which are fake a class B felony, which means that ‘Arab Andy’ could face charges of committing a crime and face up to a sentence of 10 years in prison or a $20,000 fine.