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'Russian Hitman Prank' Gets Prankster Arrested

Two "filmmakers" who try to earn their fame through viral homemade videos on YouTube got their just desserts for a Russian hitman prank gone horribly wrong.

In the video, one of the filmmakers approaches a random man on the streets and tells him that he has a bomb in a suitcase. With 60 seconds to run to safety, the camera operator catches the prankster and victim running for their lives.

However, when the victim realized he was getting punked, he got really angry and that's when the video finally gets interesting.

The 51-year-old Andre Brown said he was already having a bad day when "Russian hitman" Vitaly Zdorovetskiy approached him in Delray Beach, Florida. It's not clear why Zdorovetskiy selected Brown, but in a garbled exchange, the hitman tells him about the bomb.

As they run, Brown quickly realizes it's a hoax and unleashes fury on both Zdorovetskiy and the cameraman, Jonathan Vanegas. Brown pushes and apparently takes a shot at both men, before ending up with one of their cell phones. The majority of the video language is "not safe for work," so beware:

After police were called to the scene, Vanegas was charged with a felony bomb hoax. He actually spent the night in jail. It wasn't reported if Zdorovetskiy faces any criminal charges.

If you want to achieve fame on YouTube, post a video of your pet doing something cute. When you start invading other people's lives with zombie attack and Russian hitman prank videos, you're imposing your own desire for fame on others. Hopefully, the felony charge against Vanegas will discourage other aspiring filmmakers from trying to take the easy way to "fame."

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