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Snapchat videos lead to gun-related arrests in Las Vegas

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Posted at 10:54 PM, Feb 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-14 02:11:03-05

Three men, including two former felons, were arrested and face criminal charges after posting videos on Snapchat of themselves illegally shooting firearms, which included a stolen firearm.
 
Peryoun Newman, 25, and Shavonte Hill, 29, both of Las Vegas, were charged by a criminal complaint for felon in possession of firearms. Co-defendant, Jevontae Caldwell, 24, of Las Vegas, was charged with possession of a stolen firearm by the same complaint.

Newman and Hill are former convicted felons. In 2013, Newman was convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery and pandering. In 2004, Hill was convicted of attempted murder with a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, and in 2010, in both federal and state court, he was found guilty for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
 
According to the criminal complaint, on Jan. 27, during the course of an investigation into a criminal street gang and human trafficking, law enforcement observed a live Snapchat video that depicted Newman, a self-proclaimed “Wood” street gang member involved in illegal activities, holding and firing a semi-automatic Draco pistol in an indoor shooting range with Hill, Caldwell, and others. In the Snapchat videos, the defendants discussed what kind of firearms they had in their possession and were shooting.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers and detectives arrived at the indoor shooting range and observed the defendants placing a cardboard box into a vehicle’s trunk, then driving to an apartment. Newman, Hill, and Caldwell were arrested for probable cause.

At the time of arrest, Caldwell had a 9mm semi-automatic EEA SAR Arms in his pants pocket and a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun in a bag he discarded while attempting to escape apprehension. The .45 caliber was reported as stolen in Mesa, Arizona. During the execution of a search warrant of their vehicle and apartment, law enforcement found a .40 caliber semi-automatic Glock 23; a Draco 7.62X39mm pistol; a Master Piece Arm 9mm pistol with a 3” barrel; and a .40 caliber Glock 27, magazine wells, and ammunition.
 
The case is being investigated by the FBI and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.