Two adult-teenagers wanted in connection with viral video posted on Facebook Live that shows the sexual and physical assault of a woman are in police custody, according to the Gulfport Police Department.

Facebook user, Tiffany Nicole, uploaded the video after the victim asked her to post it so the police did not ignore the crime being reported.

“Thank yall so much! I didn’t just make up the FACTS previosly posted. The vicim herslef asked me to record this and post it due to the fact that she had no evidence against them. (Besides this deleted video) and the police told her they couldn’t do anything because they were intoxicated. (They didn’t enough facts on scene) I DO very much appreciate whitchever police officer did call her back in for a full, more thuro interview. I still stand by my original post! If this wouldnt have gotten so much attention i dont know if anything would have been proven or even been able to be done about it! I only relayed the message the victim asked me to, for JUSTICE!”

Haleigh Alexis Hudson, 19, turned herself into police around 7 p.m. Wednesday. She was arrested on charges of felony kidnapping and sexual assault.

Ezzie Johnson, 17, (a well-known Black Lives Matter supporter) was arrested by police around 8 p.m. Wednesday. He faces a charge of felony kidnapping.

Harrison County Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner set Hudson’s bond at $400,000. Johnson’s bond was set by Ladner at $200,000.

Hudson and Johnson are held at the Harrison County jail.

Officers at 11:46 p.m. Tuesday responded to a report of an assault on the 3100 block of 7th Avenue and learned a woman was sexually and physically assaulted while being recorded on Facebook Live.

Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania said officers worked through the night and obtained warrants for Johnson and Hudson.

Johnson, who will be charged as an adult, is accused of filming the video at Hudson’s home.

The victim is a 23-year-old woman. Papania said additional charges of abusing a vulnerable adult would apply if the victim is mentally handicapped.

He said he does expect additional arrests.

The viral video was removed from Facebook, but a copy of the video was posted Wednesday morning. It has gotten around 48,000 views on Facebook, Papania said.

“I can’t help but be disturbed by the incredible numbers of shares and views of this crude and despicable event,” he said.

“We videotape pain and suffering, then we share it and then we view it over and over.”

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Papania addressed comments from the public about police taking too long to issue a statement on the case.

“Criminal acts require we properly investigate and collect evidence,” Papania said. “We will continue to work at the speed of proper police work. We will not work at the speed of Facebook.

Papania also thanked the community for calling police to give tips about the case.

“Our phones have rung off the hook with people trying to help us in this criminal investigation,” Papania said.

 

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