YouTube Catches Bad Guys

YouTube has proven to be more than just a hub for laughs and entertainment. Most recently, people who have committed heinous acts of crime have been brought to justice, sometimes when police officials wouldn’t pursue the case in the first place.
In New Jersey, Taylor Giresi, 20, and his 17-year-old male friend were arrested after they posted a video of Giresi violently attacking a homeless man in what looks like a

reported that on two separate occasions, Giresi allegedly beat, taunted and even stole from the homeless man while the 17-year-old filmed the attacks.

“The video showed that the subjects involved took advantage of the victim’s unfortunate circumstance and targeted him on two separate occasions due to his financially destitute situation,” quoted New Jersey police.

In the first video, the attackers tell the homeless man that they will be taking his bike after they have punched him and knocked him to the ground. The homeless man protests, “No, I need my bike!,” as they take off with it. The cameraman then wishes him a “Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah or whatever the (expletive) you are.”

On the second video, the cameraman apologizes to the homeless man after making him bleed. When the cameraman asks his friend to give the victim a hug, “the attacker knees him in the stomach.” But before the two men leave, the attacker delivers one last kick to the homeless man’s head.

The two attackers were charged with aggravated assault. Giresi had a bail set at $60,000, while the teen was released to his parents.

After police refused to prosecute Camila de Moura, 22, a Brazilian nurse, who beat her Yorkshire Terrier to death, her neighbor posted her recording on YouTube.

If killing an innocent animal wasn’t bad enough, the abuse was done in front of her 18-month-old daughter.

The video was taken by de Moura’s neighbor, who according to, lives in the same apartment block in Formosa, Brazil.

The neighbor became frustrated with police after they didn’t arresting de Moura or pursue the case so she posted the video on YouTube where “a national outcry [quickly prompted] an investigation.” reported that “hundreds of thousands have joined Facebook groups or signed an online petition demanding that the 22-year-old be brought to justice.”

When police finally showed up at de Moura’s apartment, she explained to them that she was “having a bad day.”

Since then de Moura has gone into hiding after receiving more than 40,000 death threats, reported her lawyer, Gilson Afonso said. also reported that the investigation is to conclude on Wednesday and “could result in de Moura being sentenced to up to a year in prison for animal cruelty.”

She may also be charged “under the Children’s Act for ‘exposing a child to shame or embarrassment,” with a maximum penalty of three years in jail.