Woman wanted for firing gun causes a stir on social media; investigators aware of comments
POSTED: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 3:25pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 5:51pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A woman accused of firing a gun during the middle of the day and shouting “I’ll kill all y'all” sparked some major discussion on the NBC33 Facebook page; primarily because the accused was the one doing much of the writing.
“I don’t bother anybody, but I’m not gone let nobody bother me either,” a post from Crystal Price reads.
The comments from Price were in reaction to the release of her information by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office. She is currently wanted for allegedly firing a gun in the middle of traffic at the intersection of Greenwell Street and Silverleaf Ave.
NOTE: Many of the comments originally posted to the thread on the NBC33 Facebook page were deleted due to the use of profanity. It is our policy to remove all posts containing expletives. We ask the public to please show restraint when posting to our page.
The poster claiming to be Price alleges she has been in an ongoing dispute with the victims, which was verified by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office. However, she also protested that she had not fired the weapon.
“Though it is an ongoing investigation and we cannot release all the details, there was enough evidence to support that shots were fired,” Casey Rayborn Hicks, EBRSO, said. “It was enough evidence to obtain an arrest warrant from the judge.”
The Facebook thread has seen nearly 200 comments in the past 20 hours, many of those were responses to the accused.
“My question is, why won’t you turn yourself in and stop posting on FB?” one commenter asked. “I mean, if I was guilty or innocent, the last thing I would do is post on FB. Now maybe I am wrong for asking, but I know I am not the only one wondering the same thing.”
Hicks explained that this is not uncommon. In fact, investigators routinely use social media sites such as Facebook to locate wanted suspects and gather evidence for ongoing investigations. In a case such as this one, they released the information to local media with the hopes that it would end up being shared on social media sites.
“Regarding what we decide to submit to local media, it really depends on how much information we have,” Hicks explained. “In this case they had enough information to obtain an arrest warrant. We had a name and a picture, so that’s when we decided it was a good time to go to the public to ask for help locating her.”
Law enforcement agencies rely heavily on the public for information when working an open investigation.
“In this case, shots were fired and it’s particularly dangerous to the public,” Hicks added.
Price is still wanted by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office. Her charges include Aggravated Assault with a Firearm and Illegal Use of a Weapon.