Wanted teen taunts police on Facebook Live

Facebook LiveFacebook Live is the latest outlet for criminals to be seen and heard. At left is a picture, provided by the Spartanburg County (SC) Sheriff’s Department, of Nicolas Shane Earnhart.

According to Fox Carolina, Earnhart went on Facebook Live Tuesday and taunted police. According to the reporter who saw the video, “Earnhart said he knew he was going to jail but authorities were going to have to come find him.”

Earnhart is wanted for multiple counts of breaking into a car, multiple counts of petit larceny, grand larceny, and burglary.

Police consider him armed and dangerous and previous media reports, including one by WSPA indicate that almost every picture he posts on social media includes him brandishing at least one weapon. WSPA also reported that one picture posted on Earnhart’s account showed an assault on a law enforcement officer. Upon further research, the latter appears to have been an emoji of a police offier next to the emoji of a gun with profanity written above it.

I have not been able to find an account for Earnhart doing a quick Facebook search. The local sheriff’s department posted numerous pictures and other information online.

Other Crimes and Criminals on Facebook Live

Before Facebook Live was a thing, a disgruntled employee at a Virginia television station gunned down two of his coworkers while they were doing a live shot on the air. He also posted the video to his Facebook account.

Other examples of crimes and terrorist attacks shown via Facebook Live:

  • The Paris attacks by ISIS were streamed live.
  • A Chicago man was murdered while streaming live video just last month.
  • Just today, police in Norfolk, Virginia reported on a triple shooting that was streamed live yesterday.
  • After Philando Castile was shot by police, his girlfriend streamed live video that showed the final moments of his life.
  • There have also been reports of sexual assaults and other cases, ususally involving minors that were streamed live.

With the ubiquity of mobile devices and apps including Periscope, Twitter’s new live video, Snapchat, Facebook Live, and other platforms, we will continue to see more of this. It’s not a knock on the platforms, just a statement on life in the 21st century.



Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton is an award-winning blogger who has been aggregating and blogging since 1998. He has worked as a reporter, in government, and as a communications professional in Columbia, SC and Washington, DC.

Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.

Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.
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