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LAND O LAKES, Fla. (WFLA) – Pasco deputies have arrested a Land O’ Lakes woman after deputies say she battered her boyfriend with speakers and a selfie-stick.

Deputies say Larita Branch had been living with her boyfriend for approximately three months when on Feb. 19 Branch threw two speakers hitting the victim on the arms.

Branch then stuck the victim with a selfie stick on the head and his neck. Branch has a previous conviction for battery in 2010.

She was taken to Land O Lakes Detention Center and is facing a felony battery charge.

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Anticipation got the better of a Homestead man heading to an adult book store in Key Largo Monday night, and now he’s in a Monroe County lockup.

Amado Enrique Gaure, 20, was booked into jail on charges of indecent exposure, marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sheriff’s deputies say he admitted to masturbating while walking along a path near mile marker 102 toward the store Monday night, said Adam Linhardt, the Monroe sheriff’s office spokesman. A woman driving her car told deputies a man, who they say is Gaure, exposed himself to her

Deputies found Gaure in the parking lot of the bay side store and asked him about the incident. He admitted to masturbating in public and seeing the woman in her car, according to Linhardt.

He told deputies he was on his way to buy the video and began masterbating on the way because he was “impatient,” Linhardt said.

Cops say Gaure was carrying a small amount of marijuana at the time of his arrest.

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SJSO: Deputies in the NW District located a reported stolen vehicle near the 8200 block of Kindred Spirit Lane. The alleged suspect fled upon seeing SJSO deputies and got stuck in a field a short time later. The suspect then fled on foot and entered a canoe on the edge of a pond.

Deputies spent the next few minutes advising the suspect that the “pond was surrounded”, and that a vessel was on its way to remove him from the pond. The suspect then paddled to shore, where he was taken into custody without further incident.

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FEBRUARY 18–Cops today arrested a “naked and belligerent” Florida Woman for allegedly attacking her fiancée after he declined to have sex with her.

Officers responding early this morning to a disturbance call at a Vero Beach apartment building encountered Samantha Jewel Hernandez, 21, sans clothes and in an ornery mood. Hernandez (pictured at right) denied doing anything to her fiancée, “but was too intoxicated” to provide further information.

The victim, 21, told police that Hernandez “wanted to engage him in sexual intercourse,” which he declined. “Hernandez was angry at the fact that [the victim] did not want to have sex and began attacking him, striking him in the face and ripping his shirt.”

Hernandez was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge based on her boyfriend’s statements and “injuries observed on the scene”.

The cashier and the victim had so far lived together for two years, cops reported.

But it seems her woes from the early morning visit from police was not over.

After being bundled into the patrol car, police say she “maliciously spit” on the arm of a patrolman “while yelling profanities”.

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A man accused of trying to light his girlfriend on fire was arrested Sunday after an hours-long dispute with Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

Sheriff’s SWAT members arrested John Desir, 38, shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday in a Greenacres home. He had stayed in the home for nearly seven hours, refusing to speak with deputies outside.

Desir refused to talk to deputies, but was spotted inside the residence, they add.

PBSO SWAT was called to the scene after deputies tried every measure to get the man out of the house, deputies say. Deputies then got an arrest warrant signed by a judge and evacuated the surrounding apartments before SWAT was to enter.

SWAT entered residence at 5:45 p.m. and took Desir into custody, deputies say.

He is facing charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault and simple battery. He will be taken to the Palm Beach County Jail after being medically cleared, they say.

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A woman was arrested after making a “stupid joke” about a bomb on an Air Canada flight departing Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, authorities said.

Nathalie Tremblay, 53, of Canada, was boarding the Montreal-bound flight Tuesday with her boyfriend when a flight attendant noticed a black roller bag that was stuck in an overhead bin, an arrest report stated.

The flight attendant took the bag out and started asking passengers who it belonged to.

“There’s a bomb in it,” Tremblay told the flight attendant and laughed, the arrest form stated. Her boyfriend told her not to joke around.

The flight attendant reported the incident to the captain. The plane was evacuated and the terminal was closed as the Broward Sheriff’s Office bomb squad investigated.

Tremblay initially told authorities that she said “I hope there’s not a bomb in there,” in a serious manner and did not laugh. She admitted later about making “a stupid joke” about a bomb to the flight attendant.

Tremblay was booked into BSO’s Main Jail on $5,000 bond and faces a charge of making a false report of a bomb. Attorney information was not available.

Another man was caught on a Ring doorbell camera licking a doorbell, this time at a home in Lake Worth, Fla.

The video was recorded at 6:11 a.m. on Jan. 24, 2018.

In the video, the man is standing outside the front door and then leans into the doorbell to lick it. He then licks it again, and again, and again. He then positions what looks like a stack of newspapers in front of the camera and points, but it is unclear what he is trying to point out in the papers.

efore leaving, the man comes back to lick the doorbell even more.

This is the second time recently a person was caught licking a doorbell. Ring doorbell camera captured a Salinas, Ca. man in January. In that instance the man licked the doorbell for three hours, according to the homeowner.

A woman was arrested after she consumed Four Loko and drove intoxicated with her three children in the car — to visit her husband in jail, according to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office.

Ashley Szakacsi, 28, was visiting her husband Edward at the Nassau County Jail, according to Sheriff Bill Leeper. Staff members at the jail were monitoring the couple’s conversation over the visitation phone.

“She (Szakacsi) tells him she’s screwed up on Four Loko, which is an energy beer,” Leeper said.

A deputy was called to investigate and waited in the parking lot for Szakacsi, Leeper said.

“The deputy asked her (Szakacsi) if she had been drinking anything,” Leeper said. “She says, ‘Well, I had a Four Loko.’ He asks, ‘Where is it?’ She had three kids in her car: a 7-year old son, 3-year old daughter and a 1-year old daughter. The 7-year old picks it up off the floorboard and says, ‘Here it is right here.'”

Szakacsi was arrested and charged with child neglect. Leeper commended the actions taken by the jail staff and deputies.

“There’s no doubt in my mind they potentially saved lives by not letting her drive after she admitted drinking one of these drinks, which is very potent,” Leeper said.

The three children are in the custody of another relative, deputies said.

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The man Peter Michael Elacqua, 41 faces domestic battery charges.

Pasco County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Port Richey man accused of beaning his girlfriend in the face with a burrito.

An arrest report said he shoved his girlfriend into a chair in the bedroom of a home they share and threw a burrito at her on Friday.

A deputy found the woman with contents of the burrito dispersed across her face, neck and left shoulder area, the arrest report said.

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A woman broke into her ex-boyfriend’s home holding him at gunpoint and stole two gold necklaces, deputies said.

Collier County deputies arrested Mayira Okheda-Garsia, 18, and two other men, for breaking into the East Naples home Monday morning.

The victim told deputies he heard the sliding glass door in his bedroom shatter. He watched his ex-girlfriend, Okheda-Garsia, enter the room with at least three other men. They were wearing bandanas over their faces and carrying guns. The men held the victim at gunpoint and took the two necklaces while Okheda-Garsia went into the bathroom.

Hearing a commotion, the victim’s roommate came into the bedroom and confronted the men. But all of them took off in a Toyota Camry before deputies arrived.

Law enforcement found the car and tried to approach it but four passengers got out and ran away. The car took off too, and after a chase deputies eventually got it to stop. They arrested the driver, Kameron Williams, 18.

K-9 and Aviation Units helped find Okheda-Garsia hiding under a trailer.

Deputies found a third suspect, 19-year-old Devante Sparks, when he texted Okheda-Garsia to say he had made it home safely. Deputies went to his house to arrest him.

Both Okheda-Garsia and Sparks are members of street gangs, according to their arrest reports.

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A Florida woman faces multiple charges after she threatened a deputy with a “visit from the KKK” during an arrest, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials were dispatched out to the 1500 block of South Montgomery Street around 11:50 p.m. on February 7 in response to a disturbance.

Upon arrival, a deputy made contact with the driver of a vehicle that had its headlights on reversing into the property. The deputy immediately detected the odor of alcohol coming from the driver, 53-year-old Julie Edwards, according to an arrest report.

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An Oldsmar man was arrested Monday after allegedly recording himself having sex with his Siberian Husky, Pinellas County sheriff’s deputies say.

Christian Steward Oscar Nichols, 21, was charged with aggravated animal cruelty.

According to detectives, the investigation began last month when someone reported to Pinellas County Animal Services seeing video and photographs on the internet of a man having sex with a dog.

Sheriff’s detectives obtained the photos and video showing a man dressed in a dog costume molesting a husky.

The dog was in distress and tried to run away, deputies said.

Investigators said they were able to trace the video and photos back to Nichols. They interviewed him Monday, and they say he admitted to making the video with his dog, named Ember, and posting it online.

Ember and another dog were removed from Nichols’ home.

Additional charges are likely, detectives say, and the investigation is continuing.

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Miami police are turning to the public for help after they released CCTV footage showing an unknown woman being grabbed outside a workshop and forced into a car.

Authorities released video of the altercation on social media, showing an African-American lady speaking to two men outside La Ceiba Tire Shop on Friday, before taking refuge inside. Witnesses say the woman attempted to hide in a restroom.

Anyone with information should contact the Miami Police Department at 305-603-6370 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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Orlando police say a woman forced her way into the secure area of Orlando International Airport without going through security, then struck an officer who was trying to arrest her before being subdued with a taser.

An employee at curbside check-in told police that 38-year-old Angela McNaughton of Orlando drove up to the curb Wednesday around 8:30 p.m., demanded to be checked in for a flight and to have her truck parked.

When the employee told her he could not find her reservation, she allegedly told him to “have the [expletive] thing towed,” then stormed off into the airport near the Southwest Airlines ticket counter.

Once inside, officers said McNaughton walked up to the Known Crew Member entrance of the east security checkpoint. When a Transportation Security Administration worker tried to stop her and ask for her credentials, officers said she stated she “knew her rights,” before shoving the TSA officer out of the way.

Police said surveillance video shows a silver knife either being thrown or falling out of her jacket.

With McNaughton in the secure area, the TSA officer radioed that there was a security breach.

Several nearby officers quickly caught up to her as walked closer to the passenger trains to the terminals. McNaughton swore at the officers pursuing her, police said.

Good or bad, a haircut can send a strong statement, which is exactly what happened at Thursday’s Tampa City Council meeting when a tree advocate chopped off a chunk of her hair to bring awareness to saving the trees.

Cinzia Duncan’s proposal was approved in a 6-to-1 vote by Tampa City Council, changing the way trees are evaluated when it comes to removing them. She wanted to show once you cut a chunk of hair – just like a tree – you can’t put it back.

However, she said, regrowing a tree tak

Penny Rebecca Pospisil, 47, was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree murder and abuse of a dead body.

Authorities with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office said she killed then dismembered her boyfriend’s body and kept it inside a trailer for months.

On Dec. 20, the Melbourne Police Department contacted the Sheriff’s Office about the death investigation of Anthony Franklin Mitchell, 55, whose body was found in a camper at the Wickham Park Campground.

Mitchell’s family told investigators they’d last heard from him in August 2018. Investigators said Mitchell and Pospisil were living together at the Lake Panasoffkee RV Village at the time.

In the following weeks, investigators said Pospisil began telling her family and friends that Mitchell had died. A neighbor at the RV park reported a foul odor coming from her camper around the same time, investigators said.

Toward the end of September, Pospisil moved the camper to Wickham Park in Melbourne, investigators said.

Nobody at Wickham Park ever reported seeing Mitchell, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The wife of the slain University of Central Florida employee was charged in his death Wednesday after Winter Park detectives said she claimed her husband had inflicted his fatal wound by stabbing himself and then waited 11 hours to call for help, according to the arrest report.

Winter Park police said Michael Redlick, 65, was found dead Jan. 12 in his Winter Park home on Temple Drive. Two days later, medical examiners determined he died of a stab wound that was not self-inflicted.

The victim’s wife, Danielle Redlick, 45, was booked into the Orange County Jail on Wednesday just before noon. She is charged with second-degree murder and tampering with evidence.

A judge on Thursday ordered Redlick to be held without bond. She was also told she is not allowed to have unsupervised contact with her two children, who neighbors said are in the custody of their grandparents.

Winter Park police officials said Danielle Redlick is accused of stabbing Michael Redlick. According to the arrest warrant, the suspect called 911 the day after she had a fight with the victim and told operators Michael Redlick had stabbed himself.

According to the arrest warrant, Danielle Redlick called 911 on Jan. 12 and told operators there had been a “tragedy at her home” and her husband was dead.

The suspect told operators her husband had died the night before she called 911. Police said she waited 11 hours before calling.

“We had an altercation and he stabbed himself and I ran and hid in the bathroom,” she said in the 911 call.” When I came out I was trying to help him and saw he was lying in blood and then I tried to help him and I couldn’t.”

The suspect later told detectives her husband kept saying “Sam Katie” in reference to the movie 1991 “Cape Fear” before she emerged from the bathroom and followed a bloody trail to his body. The characters in the movie are Max Cady and Sam Bowden, according to the movie’s IMBD page.

Danielle Redlick said she had been trying to “figure out what to do” since the stabbing, according to the arrest report. She also said her husband had a heart attack, but “the stabbing triggered it.” Medical examiners found no sign of a heart attack, according to the report.

In the 911, Daniell Redlick said she had waited so long to call because she was scared, exhausted and on probation, according to the arrest report. She told detectives she eventually fell asleep next to his body after attempting CPR.

Danielle Redlick was also arrested on Jan. 23 by Winter Park police on a Seminole County warrant. The violation of probation stems from a January 2018 charge of resisting an officer.

When Winter Park police arrived, they said they found the suspect had cut her wrists and she was taken to the hospital. Officer said they found broken eggshells in the driveway, inside and outside the victim’s Lexus.

Officers also noted the scene and victim had been tampered with. Bloody towels were found around the victim and a strong smell of bleach was in the home, according to the report. Blood-stained towels were found throughout the residence, police said.

Michael Redlick was the director of external affairs and partnership relations for the DeVos Sport Business Management Program at UCF.

Prior to his death, Michael Redlick told a witness his wife “is crazy bus as long as I hide the steak knives everything will be fine,” according to the report.

Records show Winter Park police were called to the Redlick family home by the victim or interacted with Danielle Redlick on several occasions for violent behavior toward her husband and others.

A Pasco County woman was arrested Monday after getting into a fight over cat food.

46-year-old Shawna Smith got into an argument at her home with another woman Monday night

During the argument, deputies said Smith grabbed the victim from behind and threw her to the ground. She then started scratching the other woman.

he victim received several scratches on her arm and neck.

Smith was charged with battery.

She is currently being held in the Pasco County Jail.

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) — A man has been arrested after he attempted to run over his son with a truck because the son didn’t want to take a bath.

According to an arrest report from the Escambia County Sheriff’s, a witness called police after he said he could hear loud outbursts of yelling and a vehicle accelerating at high speeds.

The witness stated when he walked outside to see what was happening when he saw a young man running, trying to avoid a person, later identified as Joseph Riley, driving a truck who appeared to be following him, according to the report.

The report said the victim came to the witness’s house for help out of fear his dad was going to run him over with his truck.

According to the report, the victim stated his father had asked him to take a bath numerous times and when he didn’t comply with his father, Riley threatened to spank him with a belt.

The victim did not wish for that to happen so he left the residence, at which time Riley climbed into his truck and started chasing him, according to the report.

The report also revealed the victim saying Riley had been drinking that day.

When Riley was interviewed by police he appeared intoxicated and had a hard time standing by himself, according to the report.

Riley wouldn’t cooperate with officers and became aggressive by lunging at the deputies, according to the report.

He was arrested and charged with domestic violence for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Riley was taken to the Escambia County Jail.

He will have a Circuit Court date on February 28.

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The last person that got in this much trouble over a cigar was Bill Clinton

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. — A Pinellas Park man, enraged because someone touched one of his cigars, attacked his pregnant sister and bit a police officer who was arresting him, police said.

According to arrest affidavits, 23-year-old Brian Keith Harrington got mad because he thought his sister’s boyfriend had either moved or smoked one of his cigars. He attacked the boyfriend, then started shoving his sister and other relatives when they tried to calm him down, police said.

He then went to the refrigerator and threw a ketchup bottle, a half-gallon of juice and other food containers at his sister, who is six weeks pregnant, police said.

Other relatives restrained Harrington when he tried to knock the refrigerator over onto them, police said.

When police arrived, Harrington bit an officer on the left thumb and told the officer he would kill him when he got out of jail, the affidavit said.

The sister’s boyfriend declined to press charges.

Harrington was charged with three counts of domestic battery, battery on a law enforcement officer, the threat of bodily harm on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with arrest.

He remains in jail with bail set at $10,150.

According to jail records, Harrington was arrested six previous times on charges ranging from burglary, grand theft and marijuana possession. He was sent to prison twice, records show.

LUTZ, Fla. (WFLA) – A man accused of breaking windshield wipers and windshields on several cars in a Pasco County parking lot told deputies he did it because he was angry he couldn’t remember where he parked his own car.

Deputies say 60-year-old Albert Megnath bent, broke and removed windshield wipers on several cars at the Northpointe Village Shopping Center in Lutz Saturday night. Removing the wipers also caused several windshields to crack, an arrest report says.

When deputies spoke with Megnath, they say he admitted to damaging the cars because he was angry he couldn’t find his own car that was parked in the parking lot.

A total of six vehicles were reported damaged. Deputies say that’s in addition to about ten other vehicles “in which the owners did not wish to be victims in this case.” The total cost of damage is estimated to be about $1,000, according to the arrest report.

The arrest report also says Megnath was not supposed to be at the shopping center because he was given a trespass warning back in September for vandalizing the property.

The 60-year-old was arrested for criminal mischief and trespassing and taken to the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center.

The deputy who filled out the arrest report requested a high bond due to Megnath’s crime, his history and his “uncooperative and argumentative” behavior during the investigation.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida — Authorities say a man was arrested for misuse of 911 and calling the emergency line at least 200 times because he “‘wanted someone to talk to.'”

According to a police report, an officer responded to a 911 hang-up complaint on Jan. 30 at around 1 a.m.

When authorities arrived at the scene, they met with 38-year-old Michael Reston, who told officials he had accidentally dialed 911 and did not have an emergency.

Reston also told officers his phone had run out of minutes and he just wanted someone to talk to.

When authorities searched further into Reston’s history, they learned he reportedly called 911 approximately 200 times in two months.

Reston was arrested and received a first-degree misdemeanor charge for misuse of 911.

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Florida – A Brooksville woman was arrested over the weekend after deputies say she hit her boyfriend with a frozen pork chop.

Pasco County deputies say the incident involving 48-year-old Jennifer Brassard happened Friday night in Brooksville.

According to an arrest report, Brassard and the victim got into an argument around 9:45 in their home. At some point during the argument, deputies say Brassard threw a frozen pork chop at the victim.

The pork chop hit the man on his eyebrow and caused about a half-inch laceration, the arrest report says.

Deputies say Brassard left the scene after the argument. She was arrested the next day for domestic battery.

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) – A stripper in Pasco County was arrested after getting into a fight with another stripper and ripping a power meter off a building.

The fury started at the Desire Gentlemen’s Club on Grand Boulevard in New Port Richey at about 9 p.m. Thursday, Pasco Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies said Christie Caratini-Mendoza, 37, punched the other woman several times in the face, knocked her down and kicked her while she was on the floor.

After the fight, deputies said Caratini-Mendoza took a Progress Energy electric power meter from the wall of the gentlemen’s club and hid it. She later admitted taking it, deputies said. They searched her bag and found the meter tag tangled in her wig.

Caratini-Mendoza was charged with battery and grand theft. She was taken to the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center.

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A woman was arrested after she was caught masturbating in public, but she didn’t stop when the handcuffs were placed on her wrists.

Dovie Nickels, 26, was arrested Tuesday after hotel guests saw a woman across the street “holding a silver object” against her sexual organs, the New York Post reports.

Police responded to a complaint from the JW Marriott Austin Hotel about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday about a woman across the street “holding a silver object” against her privates “with her legs straight up in the air, spread open,” according to the arrest affidavit.

A hotel worker said he could hear the woman — identified by authorities as Dovie Nickels, 26 — “making moaning noises,” the affidavit reads.

The worker saw the woman masturbating on the patio for about seven or eight minutes, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

The worker said the woman told him to back off as he approached her to tell her to stop.

She then went to the Second Bar + Kitchen across the street — where the lewd behavior allegedly continued, the outlet reported.

When police arrived at the bar, the woman stopped moving her arms under the table and placed them on top of it — but the officers “observed that Nickels was not wearing any pants,” the affidavit said.

After being arrested, Nickels allegedly continued to pleasure herself — even while handcuffed in the back of the squad car, police said.

The cops went across the street to investigate the original complaint and learned from a hotel employee that the woman had been spotted earlier at the Marriott’s street-level patio, the affidavit said.

Nickels was charged with indecent exposure and sent to the Travis County Jail with bail set at $3,000.

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Florida deputies say, Josie Bigelow, 14, stole a car just after midnight Wednesday while a pizza delivery driver was completing delivery to a nearby house.

That driver, Christopher Cook, 49, told deputies he saw the girl come out of the woods while he was walking to the house’s front door.

Cook says she then got into car, and drove it through the front yard and along a canal before speeding away.

The girl’s father says his daughter ordered the pizza to the nearby house so she could steal the car and go to her boyfriend’s.

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The Pensacola man who leveraged his viral mugshots into Instagram stardom is back in jail.

Charles McDowell, 31, was arrested in July 2018 in Escambia County on multiple charges after he was allegedly found with a fanny pack carrying cocaine, crack cocaine, meth and other narcotics.

He was released on bond Nov. 19 and was arrested two days later in Lee County, Alabama, on charges of attempting to elude law enforcement, marijuana possession, reckless driving and driving with a revoked license.

The state of Florida filed a motion in December to revoke McDowell’s bond related to his Escambia County charges, and he was arrested Tuesday and booked into Escambia County Jail just before 8:30 p.m.

With no bond, he’ll be behind bars until he faces trial for the charges filed against him in July. His next court appearance is Feb. 21.

McDowell’s mugshots went viral after after they were shared all over the internet toward the end of 2018 as people poked fun at his unusually wide neck. After he posted bond, he wasted no time capitalizing off of his newfound “wide neck” persona by creating an Instagram account with the user name “damnwideneck.”

He currently has more than 1.3 million followers on Instagram, where he has posted videos and photos alongside other internet personalities, and used humor to exploit the width of his neck, such as his posts about his “All Necks Matter” T-shirts.