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Facebook Live video leads to federal weapons charges against Kansas City felon

February 3, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Facebook Live video leads to federal weapons charges against Kansas City felon

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In the latest instance where a convicted felon incriminated himself on social media, a Kansas City ex-con faces federal weapons charges after brandishing a firearm in a Facebook Live video.

Authorities say a Facebook Live broadcast showing 24-year-old Deleon Reed driving around, waving a gun caught the attention of one very interested viewer – a detective with the Kansa City Police Department.

As a result, federal prosecutors charged Reed on Thursday with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Reed has a prior rap sheet that includes felony convictions for vehicle theft and drug possession.

According to an affidavit, the detective saw the January 23rd live broadcast on Facebook and used a video camera to record the video while it played on a computer.

The video shows an armed Reed driving around and challenging people to “try and shoot up his car,” the Kansas City Star reported.

Cops arrested Reed the following day and recovered two guns from his vehicle.

If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison.

A Facebook Live feed also helped Florida authorities arrest a documented gang member in April 2017.

Police in Broward County arrested 32-year-old Christopher Brinson after witnessing the convicted felon waving a firearm outside a convenience store on a live broadcast.

Brinson was later implicated in a string of high-profile armed robberies in Florida and Georgia along with three other cohorts.

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