Three teens are facing multiple charges after they allegedly stole a limousine from its driver at gunpoint before live streaming their joyride on Facebook, police said.
Arrest warrants were issued for the three suspects, Jesse Varner, 18, and Ty’Juan Philpot, 18, and Norman Henry, 19, on Monday.
Henry has been arrested on an aggravated robbery charge but the other two are still not in custody, according to FOX 8 Cleveland.
On October 6, limo driver Brandon Lynch, 19, a National Guardsman, took a couple to game one of the Indians’ American League Divisional Series against the Boston Red Sox.
Lynch drove the couple from New Philadelphia to Cleveland, where he had never been, he said.
He went to a McDonald’s while waiting for the game to finish and that’s when Varner, Philpot and Henry approached him.
The 19-year-old said he was sitting on the curb when the three teens told Lynch to drive them through the drive-thru in the limo.
‘I kind of just thought it was a joke because they looked young.
‘So I was just laughing about it a little bit. And I was like I really can’t take you guys through the limo in a drive-thru at all or in the limo in general,’ Lynch told FOX 8 Cleveland.
Then Varner, Philpot and Henry allegedly drew a gun, choked Lynch and punched him, a police report said.
While one teen choked Lynch from behind the two others punched and kicked him, Lynch said.
One of the teens went into his pocket and took the keys to the limo.
Lynch tried to fight back and said he jammed his thumb into one of the teen’s eyes, a tactical maneuver he learned from the National Guard, but they took the limo and drove off with Lynch’s wallet, cell phone and $340 in cash.
Lynch (pictured) said he suffered a concussion, which has caused him to become intermittently sick.
There were also personal items belonging to the couple Lynch had driven to the game in the car but those items were not specified, according to Cleveland.com.
‘It was pretty frightening. I wasn’t prepared for anything like that, even with basic training and getting prepared for war, so to speak. It’s one of those things that caught you off guard,’ Lynch said.
Lynch suffered a severe concussion, which causes him to vomit intermittently, he told Cleveland.com.
The next day the three teens posted a video to Facebook showing them going on a joyride in the limo.
Two of the men sit in the back of the limo, apparently smoking weed, dancing and sticking their heads out the moon roof.
The limo was later crashed on Central Avenue and East 35th Street in Cleveland.
The limo’s owner John Passio said there’s damage to the vehicle but it’s salvageable.
All three of the teens have extensive criminal records, according to Cleveland.com.
Varner missed a sentencing hearing for attempted carrying a concealed weapon and removing identification marks from a gun, both of which he pleaded guilty to, on Thursday.
Norman pleaded guilty on September 8 to receiving stolen property after he was caught with a stolen Hyundai Elantra. He is due to be sentenced for that charge.
Philpot has multiple probation violations and was convicted in 2014 as part of a gang indictment, which involved 43 inmates in juvenile detention.