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Man who did Facebook Live video making bomb threats says it was a bad decision

He also livestreamed during his arrest
Posted at 6:42 PM, Jul 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-25 16:34:01-04

A Las Vegas man is in jail for a Facebook Live during which he threatened to bomb several stores where he used to work. Not only that, he also livestreamed his arrest for making the threats.

Clinton Wayne Warrington was on Facebook Live for 20 minutes as he argued with police officers who had come to his house to arrest him. He was also on the phone with a police officer during the Facebook live.

"I'm going to stay on Facebook Live because I have every right to do that," Warrington says during the video. "I have every right to film and record anything that transpires between me and law enforcement."

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says they were after Warrington because he had posted a previous Facebook Live during which he threatened to bomb several stores he used to work at, including USA Auto near Decatur Boulevard and Sahara Avenue and Purrfect Auto near Eastern Avenue and St. Rose Parkway.

According to his arrest report, Warrington had sent threatening texts and photos to his former boss claiming to associate with people who are his "terrorist buddies" and who had taught him techniques to harm people.

In his previous Facebook live video, Warrington also described the assembly and delivery of a weapon of mass destruction, specifically an improvised explosive device, to harm people at the businesses, according to the arrest report. In the video, he showed a device that appears to be a pyrotechnic device where metal bolts, screws and nuts would be added to it.

Retired Las Vegas police Lt. Randy Sutton, 13 Action News crime and safety expert, says the rise in video technology like this cuts both ways. 

For cops, body cameras increased officer accountability. 

Sutton says video can also cause trouble for certain personality types. 

"You get morons like [Warrington] who want their 15 minutes of fame and they do the most ridiculous, stupid, moronic things and put themselves out there in the public eye," Sutton said.

During an arrest like Warrington's, Sutton says the livestream is little more than a time-consuming distraction for officers. 

"Every police officer is aware that everything is either susceptible to being videotaped, or are wearing a camera already, so it's not a big intimidator for cops," he said.

Officers wrote in Warrington's arrest report that he voluntarily left his home to be taken into custody. 

13 Action News spoke with Warrington in a jailhouse interview Monday night.

He says he doesn't mind being behind bars because he knows he broke the law by making terroristic threats.

"Do I legally think I should be behind bars? Yes," said Warrington. "Do I actually think I should be incarcerated and be constricted to a confined area because I said words that came out of my mouth although nobody was harmed in any way shape or form physically? No."

Warrington says making the Facebook Live video was a bad decision.

"The video was made out of anger. it was made out of resentment. It was made out of emotional distress. I made the video strictly as an effort to deter business away from the facility because they had such a bad reputation," he said.