An influencer is facing six felony charges after live streaming during a looting incident at an Apple Store in Philadelphia.
Dayjia Blackwell, who goes by the online name 'Meatball', shared a live video with her social media followers, showcasing individuals breaking into the store and taking out devices.
Following her broadcast of the looting, she was arrested and has been charged with six major crimes, including burglary, conspiracy, riot, and criminal use of a communication facility, along with two minor offenses.
Around 8 pm, the police started receiving calls informing them of large groups heading to Center City, say the officials.
Several other stores nearby like Footlocker, Lululemon, and some liquor stores were also looted as reported locally.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner John Stanford spoke to NBC10 about Blackwell's case, stating: "She may be responsible for a lot of other people being arrested because she encouraged those folks and they were, quite frankly, dumb enough to engage and participate and there are going to be consequences for that."
In another segment of the live stream circulated on social media, Blackwell is heard stating: "Tell the police they either lock me up tonight or it's going to get lit, it's going to be a movie."
According to a New York Post report, she is also heard yelling 'Free iPhones!' as individuals invade the store.
Blackwell was one of 52 individuals apprehended after the events on the evening of 26th September, as mentioned in a tweet by Philadelphia Police Commissioner John Stanford.
Apple managed to pinpoint and remotely disable the stolen devices, leading the looters to discard their unlawfully acquired items.
Videos reveal looters discovering the deactivation of the Apple items. Many are seen discarding the devices, dropping them into storm drains, or even dousing them with liquid.
Blackwell has paid bail and is scheduled for a court appearance the following month.
She discussed the incident online, sharing in an Instagram story: "I never been through nothing like that ever in my life.
"I don't even know what happened. I need some sleep. I'm scared, I'm traumatized."
During a press conference, Commissioner Stanford revealed that officers were already positioned downtown as a protest had commenced over a Philadelphia officer, arrested the previous month for fatally shooting Eddie Irizarry, having his charges dismissed.
However, he emphasized that the looting had 'nothing to do with the protests'.
"What we had tonight was a bunch of criminal opportunists take advantage of a situation," he explained.