Published on Jul 17, 2012
Original video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ydz8iH...
The second of two YouTube pranksters involved in the briefcase bomb hoax gone wrong was arrested after he turned himself in to police in Boca Raton Monday night.
Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, 20, knew his arrest was imminent and even said as much in an interview hours before he surrendered at the Boca Raton police station at 10 p.m. Monday.
"The cops are just trying to mess with me right now, they just took my car and they're waiting until I go to the police station to get my car back so they can arrest me," Zdorovetskiy said. "They want to arrest me right now."
Monday's arrest marks the second time this year that Zdoroverskiy's video pranks have gotten him in trouble with the law.
Zdorovetskiy and his prankster partner Jonathan Vanegas, have seen their stature skyrocket in recent months after their YouTube sensation 'Miami Zombie Attack Prank! went viral, garnering 13 million views.
Their latest effort, the 'Russian Hitman Prank Gone Wrong!' video of the botched bomb prank that landed them in jail, so far has been viewed over 136,000 times.
Meanwhile, Boca Raton Police spokesperson Sandra Boonenberg defended the panicked reaction of bomb hoax victim Andre D. Brown, saying that any reasonable person would do the same in similar circumstances.
"He wasn't aware that it was a joke and I think a normal person would probably not find it funny either," Boonenberg said of Brown, 51, who is a military veteran whose son lives close to where the alleged bomb threat took place.
Efforts to reach Brown have been unsuccessful.
The July 13 incident outside the Publix at 1001 S. Federal Highway in Boca Raton was captured on video by Vanegas, 20, and shows Zdorovetskiy clad in a suit and clutching a briefcase. He approaches Brown and appears to imply on video — the verbal exchange is not audible at this point — that the briefcase poses an emergency situation.
In an interview, Zdorovetskiy said he told Brown they both had 60 seconds to get away from the briefcase. Both start running.
Moments later, when Zdorovetskiy tells Brown the whole thing is just a joke, Brown erupts in fury and chases Zdorovetskiy and Vanegas, shouting profanities at the pair. At one point he appears to grab Vanegas and pull him down to the ground. It also looks as if he takes a few swings at the filmmakers.
"You trying to get a laugh? I'm not a motherf----- you laugh at!" Brown shouts at the pair. At one point he screams, "If you keep filming me, I am going to f--- you up!"
Brown eventually walks away and as he does, Zdorovetskiy apologizes and says "take a chill pill, bro."
Vanegas, 20, was arrested and spent the night with the second-degree felony charge of possessing a hoax bomb.
Zdorovetskiy, however, fled the scene before police could arrive. Cops then seized his car.
He was booked into Palm Beach County jail Monday night in lieu of a $3,000 bond. As of late Tuesday, he remained behind bars.
After speaking about the incident Monday, Vanegas could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Zdovoretskiy has had two other run-ins with South Florida law enforcement in recent months, according to arrest reports from Key West and Delray Beach.
On March 23, Zdorovetskiy was arrested after pretending to be a law enforcement officer in downtown Delray Beach, according to a probable cause affidavit. The pranks were also filmed and posted to YouTube, police said. On Zdorovetskiy's own YouTube channel, a video called 'DUI Tickets Prank!' shows him dressed in a bright orange reflective shirt and stopping random people and conducting fake DUI investigations.
That case, however, was not prosecuted, according to Palm Beach County Court records.
Zdovoretskiy was also arrested in Key West on Oct. 28, 2011 and charged with a felony count of using fake ID and a misdemeanor count of breach of the peace after allegedly trying to get into Durty Harry's bar with a phony driver's license. Because of that incident, he was on probation when he was arrested Monday.
As a result, Zdorovetskiy was also charged with violation of probation Monday.
Boonenberg said that in this day and age, faking a bomb threat is just not a smart move.
"Try doing that in an airport and see the reaction you're going to get," Boonenberg said. "In the times we live in, you have to be cognizant of the consequences of your actions and they were clearly were not."
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