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Joshua Witt's Self-Stabbing, Neo-Nazis and Risks of Social Media

Joshua Witt showing off his self-inflicted wound on a now-deleted Facebook page.
Joshua Witt showing off his self-inflicted wound on a now-deleted Facebook page. Facebook

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As detailed in an affidavit obtained by 7News, investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, an agency still shorthanded as the ATF, were looking into a pair of burglaries at two metro gun shops when a confidential source provided them with the names of five people who had allegedly done the deeds.

Viet Trinh takes aim at stupidity, scores a bullseye.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
One of them was Trinh, who Facebooked under the pseudonym "Kyle Zimmerman." Not only did Trinh publish the two photos seen in this post, but his timeline also contained presumed back-and-forths about the stolen booty.

"Know anyone that wants to buy a baby .40? $300," he asked at one point. In another post, he boasted about another weapon: "Got my 9" wit 2 full clips. Mixed with poison hallows, regular hallows and strait meadle jackets."

Trinh has now been booked on suspicion of stealing from a federal firearms licensee, a crime punishable by up to ten years in prison per count. The four others are in trouble, too, but because they're all still juveniles, their identities haven't been released.

Another gat-centric Viet Trinh selfie.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
As a result, we don't know if members of the younger quartet Facebooked incriminating selfies, too. But in Trinh's case, a picture is worth a thousand words — and possibly a long stretch behind bars.

Of course, Witt and Trinh aren't the first people to be busted in part because of online oversharing. Back in 2014, we told you the story of Steven Paula, who was arrested (and later convicted) of punching out another driver during a road-rage incident. Turns out the proof against Paula was provided by a screen capture from a Snapchat video of the assault that was taken and shared by his daughter.

The following year, a Facebook item led to the arrest of Aurora's Cherica Winston. On her page, she wrote, "$50 bucks and you can have this damn pitt. imma keep shooting her with this tazer and bb gun till she's gone. fuck this dog."

These words alone weren't a crime. But someone who saw them contacted the Aurora Police Department, which sent officers to Winston's apartment. They soon discovered that the puppy hadn't been tased or shot, but it was in a small crate with no food and water and smelled strongly of urine and feces. For that reason, Winston was cited on suspicion of animal cruelty.

Clearly, neither Witt nor Trinh learned anything from these examples, and now they're in danger of having the book thrown at them.

Make that the Facebook.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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