A man pretending to be the infamous San Francisco bus vandal ended up getting threats on his Facebook page.
After the San Francisco Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers in the World Series, a group of stupid fans decided to vandalize the city. One particular vandal was caught on camera destroying a SF Muni bus by throwing what appears to be a steel ladder through the bus windshield.
San Francisco resident Tony Lukezic noticed an uncanny resemblance to the bus vandal and decided to use that picture as his Facebook profile picture, reports Wired.
In the meantime, residents in the Bay Area were outraged that a thug would destroy a city bus and started a grassroots movement to catch the criminal.
As a result, Lukezic's joke backfired and he found himself the target of animosity and threats. As his personal information began to become public, Lukezic said he got text messages like, "Man I know who you are, I'm going to get you and your family," writes Wired. Lukezic welcomed the opportunity to talk to the SFPD to clear his name.
Fortunately for the prankster, before things got too far out of hand, the SFPD announced they nabbed the real San Francisco bus vandal.
Police say that 22 year-old Gregory Tyler Graniss of San Francisco is actually responsible for the bus bashing. Thanks to tips from the public, Graniss was charged with felony vandalism and injuring or destroying a passenger transit vehicle, reports NBC. If convicted, he potentially faces several years in jail.
In a dangerous trend, fans are rioting after their teams win championships. It's not clear why almost all celebrations become violent, as it seems that some bad apples are just looking for an excuse to go wild. Hopefully, the grassroots effort to nab the SF bus vandal will discourage future acts of senseless violence.
- S.F. man held in post-victory Muni vandalism (San Francisco Chronicle)
- SFPD Arrest Man In MUNI Bus Bashing (FindLaw's Legal Pulse)
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