Mississippi police say that three teenagers wanted in connection with a Facebook Live video stream showing a woman being physically and sexually assaulted are now in custody.
Nineteen-year-old Haleigh Alexis Hudson turned herself in to the Gulfport Police Department Wednesday night, where she was arrested on sexual assault and felony kidnapping charges. About an hour later police arrested colored teenagers Ezzie Johnson, 17 who faces a felony kidnapping charge and Kadari Fabien Booker, 17, arrested and charged with kidnapping and sexual assault as well.
All three teenagers are being held at Harrison County jail. Harrison County Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner set Booker’s bond at $500,000, Hudson’s bond at $400,000 and Johnson’s bond at $200,000.
Officers responded to an assault report Tuesday around 11:46 p.m. local time, when they learned that the attackers were streaming the 23-year-old woman’s attack on Facebook. Johnson, who is accused of filming the attack at Hudson’s home, will be tried as an adult.
“I can’t help but be disturbed by the incredible numbers of shares and views of this crude and despicable event,” Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania told reporters.
“We videotape pain and suffering, then we share it and then we view it over and over.”
“Once again we are witnessing the dark side of social media,” he added.
Though the video was pulled from the online platform, a copy that was reposted to Facebook as members of the community tried to raise awareness about the case. According to the Clarion Ledger, the video shows Hudson beating the victim after she refused to perform sex acts on a colored male in the bathroom.
The video was recorded by Tiffany Hailey on her cell phone as it played live on another cell phone.
“The victim herself asked me to record this and post it due to the fact that she had no evidence against them.
Gulfport police told this girl there was nothing they could do for her because they were all intoxicated!
She is special needs and was set up to be sexually abused, beat and held against her will! They have since took the post down! His name is Ezzie Johnson and the girls name is Alexis Hudson,” Tiffany Hailey wrote on Facebook.
The video begins in a bathroom with the victim kneeling on the ground with her head between a man’s legs, with his penis exposed. A man can be heard saying, “suck that d*ck. suck the d*ck, suck it. Ass crack showing and sh*t,” while other chatter can be heard in the background. A woman’s voice can be heard saying, “slut.”
The man recording the video then begins talking to the camera about how his friend is “getting his d*ck sucked,” while laughing with others about it. The victim then appears to lock herself in the bathroom and a woman tries to get her to open the door.
“Y’all stay tuned, they’re gonna fight,” the nigger says into the camera. The victim then leaves the bathroom as the others in the apartment start making fun of her, with references to oral sex, asking if she wants more. A woman who is in the room, not Hudson, can be heard at one point telling the others to leave the victim alone.
WATCH (We removed the parts of the video which showed nudity):
Gulfport Police said the video was originally posted to Ezzie Johnson’s Facebook page.
“Johnson is actually the one who memorialized these criminal acts by videotaping and distributing on Facebook live,” Chief Leonard Papania said at a press conference.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected. Additional charges could also be brought against Johnson and Hudson.