The man allegedly seen taking pictures a flamethrower into the air atop an MTA bus with folks inside — as a part of a doable unsanctioned stunt — turned himself in to police Wednesday.
Dupree G.O.D., a rapper with 42 month-to-month listeners on Spotify and three,000 Twitter followers, arrived in a Porsche SUV together with his lawyer, shook arms with a detective after which turned himself in and was handcuffed exterior of the 79 precinct, the place he informed reporters that the incident was about artwork and about WuTang. When requested about the security in connection to the incident he stated it was in a managed surroundings.
On Tuesday, the NYPD stated it was investigating a video on social media surfaced displaying a person taking pictures a flamethrower into the air as he was on high of an MTA bus with folks inside — all which can have all been part of an unsanctioned stunt.
The incident happened Nov. 8 alongside the B-26 bus route close to Franklin Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Flames come taking pictures out from the weapon and excessive into the air, and later onto the floor, as the man jumps round on high of the bus. There had been about two dozen folks inside the bus at the time, the MTA stated, who had been later evacuated.
“We don’t even need to say how absurd, dangerous and just plain stupid this was. The reckless individual who torched over the top of an occupied city bus put New Yorkers, including the bus operator, in life-threatening peril,” stated MTA Communications Director Tim Minton. “We are grateful the courageous actions of the operator in moving riders to safety minimized risk, and are cooperating fully with the NYPD investigation.”
The NYPD is investigating an incident wherein a person climbed on high of an MTA bus and shot a flamethrower up in the air. Chief Investigative Reporter Jonathan Dienst has the newest, together with what authorities imagine might have been the motive behind this stunt
There are quite a few angles, considered one of which seems to be from a drone, which aren’t allowed to be flown in lots of elements of the metropolis. There aren’t any legal guidelines banning the use of flamethrowers in the metropolis, nevertheless there’s at the moment a invoice earlier than the state senate that will make proudly owning one a felony.
There had been no reported accidents, and an NYPD spokesperson stated that police at the moment are investigating — nevertheless it seems the complete factor might have been staged as a part of a music video that was not cleared by the metropolis. Crowds had been invited on-line to come back watch, with free ice cream and T-shirts being supplied.
The proprietor of a wine store close to the location stated it was an all-day affair, and he even closed down his store for the day.
“It’s unsafe, it’s just crazy. I mean, but that being said, if I was looking at a movie, or if I was at the circus it would be fine,” stated Elliot Bey, the proprietor or Franklin Cellars.
The movies posted to Instagram and different social media are related to an artist nicknamed Dupree G.O.D. Videos of the stunt had been posted on his Instagram web page, and the NYPD is them as a part of their investigation.
There are different movies displaying the flamethrower being utilized in a college yard — it was not instantly clear if that was a part of the similar video shoot or a separate incident altogether. It additionally seems that Dupree G.O.D. was concerned in a less-serious stunt on a subway, participating in a Thanksgiving dinner arrange for passengers inside a subway automotive.
Although flamethrowers are authorized in New York, there’s a invoice that appears to make it against the law to own one. It is at the moment unclear if Dupree G.O.D. faces any prices.