Philly Pellet Gun Prankster Popped by Police

PHILADELPHIA, PENN. (February 20, 2014) —

A Philadelphia man’s idea of humor was put to the test late last month when he went on a fake crime spree armed with a pellet gun.

Authorities say Daron Stinson, 21, and Courtland Gilliam, 19, were taken into custody on Feb. 20 and charged with aggravated assault, robbery, and other related offenses for two assaults that took place on Feb. 13. Gilliam’s mugshot was not available.

In one incident, which Stinson filmed and later posted on Instagram, the two pull up on a man salting his driveway, point the pellet gun at him, and demand he put salt in the back of their truck. The not-so-funny duo then yell profanities at him when he spills the salt.

Another video shows both men firing the

Daron Stinson

Daron Stinson

Investigators say that Stinson works part time as a security guard and claimed the stunts were all in good fun. He said on his Instagram page that it was all jokes and that he is “not really out here robbing people. That’s the s**t I’m trying to leave behind.”

His dad didn’t agree. “He considers it funny,” said the elder Stinson. “He does a lot of other things. Nothing with a gun is funny.”

Stinson turned himself in on Feb. 18 and is being held on a $125,000 bail.

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