William `Spider` Lamont `WBYRDSEN` Byrd
Man Arrested In Trenton After YouTube Rant Full Of Threats, Profanity And Gunfire
Published: Friday, August 05, 2011
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William Lamont Byrd was arrested on charges of being a felon with a gun, among other charges, when he made a YouTube video that contained threats and gunfire. Photo provided by the NJDOC
TRENTON — A gangster who fired 10 shots into the sky at the climax of a threatening political diatribe posted on Youtube was arrested without incident seconds after the video was recorded.
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Police confirmed the story yesterday, saying it happened Sunday on Trenton’s Rosemont Avenue, where suspect William Lamont Byrd went on a five-minute curbside rant before a video camera.
Calling himself a “Bloods chief” named Spider, Byrd, 29, who gave cops an address in Morrisville, Pa., said he worked for Mayor Tony Mack and promised that Trenton’s gangs would unite to elect him president.
Byrd, a convicted drug dealer who has no connection to Mack, spoke in the video of “staying in my room all day and smoking weed’’ and teaching computer graphics.
Screaming and putting his face against the lens of the camera, the ranter initially spoke of trying to help Trenton’s 108 laid off cops, but then threatened to kill any officers who came up Rosemont.
Byrd then told the camera he was going to “pop off this clip,’’ walked to the corner and picked the gun off the concrete. As someone hollered his name in the background, Byrd is seen firing 10 shots skyward in two five-shot bursts.
The video was put on Youtube under WBYRDSEN and called “wilding in Trenton.” In a second, shorter video, the cops are seen approaching the suspect until the videographer hides behind a porch post, saying he doesn’t want to be “oppressed” by cops who are opposed to curbside videographers.
On the second video, the hiding cameraman describes the arrest, saying the cops pulled out handcuffs and took Byrd into custody without a fight.
The arrest was made by Sgt. Darren Zappley, who charged Byrd with a slew of weapons offenses, including being a felon with a gun — the Glock 27 automatic he allegedly fired off in the YouTube now being widely viewed across the world.
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