MIAMI – A reputed gang member showed off his guns and taunted police on an Internet video to come and get him — and they did just that.
"Last night, we granted his wish," said U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta on Wednesday.
"King Bird Road" Rudy Villanueva, 31, and another alleged gang member were arrested early Wednesday on federal weapons charges after the video appeared on several Internet sites in recent weeks. Investigators said they were incensed when they saw the video and heard the threats.
"We were offended, obviously," said Lt. Israel McKee, head of the street gang unit at the Miami-Dade County Police Department. "They were threatening our lives."
In the video titled "Bird Road Getting In Trouble" posted on the popular YouTube site and elsewhere, Villanueva and 22-year-old Anthony Logan are shown brandishing an AK-47 assault rifle, a shotgun and various handguns. Villanueva pulls the triggers of the unloaded weapons.
The two are heard making threats against the Miami-Dade gang unit. Villanueva talks about being "out here fighting a cold war" and that "they come at us if they want to."
"Here I am, baby," he says at one point.
Villanueva, who has a long criminal history and three prior felony convictions, is the alleged leader of the Bird Road Boys and Logan is a purported member of the gang in an area southwest of Miami.
Investigators seized on the video, first posted Jan. 3, to arrest Villanueva on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and Logan on a charge of providing firearms to a felon. The charges carry potential maximum prison sentences of 10 years and five years, respectively.
The weapons in the video were found in Logan's apartment, where the footage was shot, according to court documents. Investigators also discovered 780 rounds of AK-47 ammunition and a number of other weapons and bullets.
Both suspects made brief initial appearances Wednesday in federal court to have lawyers appointed for them and set future court dates. Prosecutors said they would ask that both men be held without bail until trial because they are dangerous and a risk to flee.
Villanueva acknowledged to investigators that he was in the video and that he made it to "instill fear in people who will roll up on me," according to an affidavit by Brian Eustice, an agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.