Influencer breaks down in tears during mugshot after being arrested for looting

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A whole lot of individuals joined forces to storm shops throughout completely different areas of Philadelphia (Picture: INSTAGRAM/@dayjiamainpage)

A Philadelphia-based influencer generally known as “Meatball” had tears operating down her face as police took her mugshot earlier than charging her with six felonies.

Dayjia Blackwell successfully shot herself within the foot as she shared along with her followers footage of the assault on a number of shops.

Within the video, which she shared on her Tales, Meatball daringly turned to face the digicam and challenged the police to arrest her.

“Inform the police they’re both gonna lock me up tonight, or it’s gonna get lit, it’s gonna be a film,” she stated earlier than including: “That is what occurs after we don’t get justice on this metropolis.”

Officers took her up on her provocation and used her video and pictures shared by different alleged looters to find out their exact location throughout the mayhem.

However regardless of her alleged involvement within the chaos, Meatball did not appear to suppose officers would discover her as she jokingly advised her 200,000 followers that, “they need me dangerous,” after recognizing a police automobile whereas filming one other video.

The influencer nevertheless was fast to alter her tune when she realized that they did, in actual fact, need her: “Oh s**t, they coming close to me.”

She is now dealing with eight expenses, together with six felonies for her involvement within the looting. Prices embrace housebreaking, legal trespassing, legal mischief and conspiracy.

Her video confirmed tens of children storming an Apple Retailer and rising with iPhones and tablets of their palms. She could possibly be heard yelling: “Free iPhones! Free iPhones!”

Blackwell was additionally handed two misdemeanors for allegedly receiving stolen property and dangerous circumstances/bodily offensive. She was launched on Thursday after posting $25,000 bail.

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Meatball filmed the looting and challenged the police to arrest her (Picture: INSTAGRAM/@dayjiamainpage)

Dozens of individuals confronted legal expenses Wednesday after teams of thieves, apparently working collectively, smashed their means into shops in a number of areas of Philadelphia, stuffing plastic baggage with merchandise and fleeing, authorities stated.

Police stated they made at the least 52 arrests. Housebreaking, theft and different counts have been filed to this point towards at the least 30 folks, all however three of them adults, based on Jane Roh, spokesperson for the Philadelphia district legal professional’s workplace.

The flash mob-style ransacking Tuesday evening at dozens of shops got here after a peaceable protest over a choose’s choice to dismiss homicide and different expenses towards a Philadelphia police officer who shot and killed a driver, Eddie Irizarry, by a rolled-up window.

These doing the ransacking weren’t affiliated with the protest, Interim Police Commissioner John Stanford stated at a information convention, calling the group “a bunch of legal opportunists.”

At the very least 18 state-run liquor shops had been damaged into, main the Pennsylvania Liquor Management Board to shut all 48 of its Philadelphia retail areas and one in suburban Cheltenham on Wednesday.

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A number of shops had been trashed and broken by the mob (Picture: AP)

No staff had been harm Tuesday evening, however “some had been understandably shaken,” stated liquor board spokesperson Shawn Kelly.

The shops had been “closed within the curiosity of worker security and whereas we assess the injury and loss that occurred. We’ll reopen shops when it’s secure to take action and when the injury is repaired,” Kelly stated.

Video on social media confirmed masked folks in hoodies operating out of Lululemon with merchandise and cops grabbing a number of and tackling them to the sidewalk. Pictures of a sporting items retailer at a mall confirmed mannequins and sneakers scattered on the sidewalk.

The thefts and unrest stretched from downtown to northeast and west Philadelphia, leaving smashed show home windows and damaged storefront coverings.

Six companies in a single retail hall of North Philadelphia had been looted, together with three pharmacies, a hair salon, a tax preparation firm and a cellphone retailer, based on the North twenty second Avenue Enterprise Hall, a enterprise group.

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