Alleged car thief puts video of gun-toting drive online, police grateful - The footage Ronnie Wynn, 23, aka Ronnie Gotti, uploaded to YouTube shows him boasting and shooting the .45 automatic out the window of a car.
Normally, suspects try to avoid cameras when doing something illegal.
In the case of 23-year-old Ronnie Wynn, he not only had himself videotaped driving around his Vancouver, Wash., neighborhood while handling a pistol — he also uploaded the footage to YouTube and mentioned it on his Facebook page, police said.
Wynn is already in jail for allegedly crashing a stolen car last month, but the incident prompted local police to delve deeper into the man who calls himself “Ron Gotti,” reported Fox 12 Oregon.
The nearly 4-minute video, entitled, “Ron gotti shooting guns again,” has since been removed from YouTube after it was posted July 1. But video features a man with facial tattoos identified as Wynn driving recklessly, showing off a 9mm pistol as well as an Airsoft gun that looks like an assault rifle. At one point, he fired the pistol out of the window.
“You heard that? That’s a .45 (expletive),” Wynn, an alleged gang member, says in the video.
An unidentified teenage girl taped him from the passenger’s side front seat, police said.
Wynn allegedly stole the guns from his uncle, also taking a wristwatch and checks, according to court documents. He was arrested in connection to a stolen car July 16.
He now faces a raft of charges, including possession of a stolen vehicle, residential burglary and two counts of theft of a firearm, The Oregonian newspaper reported, with more charges possibly on the way.
His mother, Carri Wynn, told Fox 12 on Friday that her son’s troubles are the result of drugs and mixing in with a bad crowd.
“My son is not a bad son,” she said. “Ronnie is a good kid who went the wrong way.”
Wynn, jailed on $80,000 bail, is expected to go before a judge Sept. 17, according to Fox 12.
“He wishes he didn’t make the choices he did — wishes he wasn’t where he’s at,” Carri Wynn said.
Police, meanwhile, are grateful when crooks supply the incriminating evidence.
“I really wish more people committing crimes would videotape themselves in the act,” Clark County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Duncan Hoss told The Oregonian. “It would make my job easier.”