He just had to show off what a bad guy he was
Mason Gray’s reign of terror has come to an end. The 20-year-old Texan was arrested on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at home after tips lead the police to him. Perhaps if Mason laid low after his crimes, he would not have been found. He didn’t. Instead, he took to Snapchat to show off his bad behavior which helped the police figure out what other illegal activity he had been up to.
Sadly, Snapchat crimes are on the rise. Criminals seem to enjoy showing off or bragging about their crimes so much that police are regularly scanning the platform for illegal activity.
On March 1, 2017, Mason walked into a Valero gas station at 12:45 a.m. in Katy, Texas. He walked around the store without making a purchase, then left. He walked in a second time and left again. He came in a third time wearing different clothing, pulled a gun on the cashier, and demanded cash. He fled on foot.
He pulled a similar robbery at another Valero gas station the same day.
The police were unable to identify the robber in the videos for months, but Mason’s own braggadocious attitude got him caught.
Mason Gray was filmed firing a handgun out of a car window while cradling a box of Bud Light by the driver of vehicle. The video was then posted on Snapchat for everyone to witness. People who saw the video informed the police about it, and they launched a campaign in conjunction with the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force to find out his identity.
Tips came in, and the “Snapchat Shooter” was identified as Mason Gray. The police were also able to connect him with the two robberies earlier in the year. Mason was approached at his home and arrested without incident.
His bond was set at $120,000 for two charges of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.
Streaming crimes on social media is becoming increasingly popular despite the authorities being able to use it to catch the perpetrators.
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This isn’t the first time a criminal has been busted on the platform in recent months. Dane Mitchell was arrested after he posted a Snapchat video showing him shooting pistols at a gun range. He was a convicted felon who was not legally allowed to own guns. He could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and fined $250,000 for the crime. He may never have been arrested if he didn’t post the videos of his illegal activities.
Salvador Alejandro Sanchez murdered his friend during an alcohol-fueled fight then dumped the body in a grassy area. The man may not have been suspected of the crime at all, but he went on Snapchat to brag about how he committed the murder and disposed of the body. Friends of the victim watched the videos and informed the police about it. He was arrested, and he plead that he was not guilty by reason of insanity.
Edwin Ospino was charged with felony deadly conduct for firing a handgun in a residential neighborhood. In his Snapchat video, he can be seen firing a Glock several times with townhomes in close range. He was already a convict, so he will face a more severe punishment.
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