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Gun pulled at shoe sale meetup; teen tells police it was YouTube prank

MARION, Ind. (WISH) — A 28-year-old man from Muncie was arrested after what later was described as a prank being filmed for YouTube, Marion police said Tuesday.

Christopher Rodriguez was charged with pointing a loaded firearm, a felony. Online records on Tuesday showed he was out of the Grant County jail, where he was taken after his arrest.

Rodriguez said he was selling a pair of Nike Air Jordan shoes for his cousin for $60. He was to meet the buyer in the parking lot of Big Lots, 1535 S. Western Ave., at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Upon meeting Quintin Jones, 18, and Raymone Davis, 19, Rodriguez gave Jones the box so he could look at the shoes. Next, Davis said something about using a phone before grabbing the box and running away, said a news release from Marion Police Department.

Rodriguez followed in a vehicle and found Davis about a block away. That’s when Rodriguez got out of his vehicle, pointed his gun at Davis and ordered him to the ground, police said.

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Davis later told police he and his friends were doing a prank and videoing it for YouTube and he’d planned to return the shoes to Rodriguez.

Rodriguez’s handgun was loaded, police said, and he had a valid Indiana lifetime gun permit.

Police said the prosecutor’s office was considering whether to file theft charges against Davis.