The internet is currently whipping itself into a frenzy over the validity of a video that shows a group of young men staging what is being called a “To Catch a Predator: Real Life” sting on a man suspected of soliciting a 13-year-old girl.
A group of friends in Athens, Georgia working together at an independent hip-hop label named VillainPros, caught wind that an older man was propositioning the 13-year-old sister of one of the men, and instead of calling police, they went all vigilante and concocted a real life To Catch a Predator scenario.
The man was invited over to the house where the 13-year-old girl was chatting to him on Facebook from, and upon entering through the front door was immediately blindsided by a punch to the side of the head, sending him to the floor. His assailant immediately jumped on the man and disarmed him of the pocketknife he was ether carrying on his belt or in his pocket.
Amidst the next several flurry of blows to the head and kicks to the body the man received, the assailants managed to coax out of him that his first name was Robert and that he was 28-years-old. The entire situation caught on camera is chaotic, and often times violent, with threats of death and police intervention being thrown in for good measure.
The video was originally uploaded to YouTube, and was taken down rather quickly, but has found a home on World Star Hip-Hop due to the website’s rather relaxed policies on violent and graphic material.
AATTP in no way condones this type of vigilantism, nor does the site condone the targeting of children by adults, but given that states like Oregon are now seeing bands of armed posses taking up unofficial positions of authority in a cash strapped town without a Sheriff, we submit the video of the altercation for you to make up your own mind on not only its authenticity, but as to where your comfort level on vigilantism sits.
Caution, the video from World Star Hip-Hop below is violent, and may not be suitable for children, or viewing from work: