Guys Who Made "Miami Zombie" Prank Video End Up in Jail on Felony Charges After Another Prank Goes Wrong
Remember Vitaly Zdorovetskiy and Jonathan Vanegas? They're the Palm Beach County guys who decided it would be a good idea to have one of them dress up as a zombie and scare black people while the other filmed it for YouTube. Well, the Jackass-wannabes tried to follow it up with a new prank in which one posed as a Russian gangster, and it didn't go so well.
They got attacked by their prank victim, and one of them wound up in jail on felony charges. The other also could face charges. Updated: Zdorovetskiy has been arrested as well.
Of course, they still decided to post the video on YouTube:
The latest video was filmed just the past Friday outside of a Publix supermarket in Boca Raton. Zdorovetskiy appears on camera, while Venegas films the action.
The pair decided that for their Zombie followup Zdorovetskiy would dress up as a Russian hitman and place a briefcase by a stranger. He'd then tell the prank victim that they had 60 seconds to run away from the briefcase.
Once again the two decided to target African Americans with their prank, but 51-year-old Andre Brown was not having it. In the video, he chases after Zdorovetskiy and then Venegas. The video then cuts out but starts again with Brown yelling, "You trying to get a laugh? I'm not a motherfucker you laugh at."
Brown continues yelling at the pair for several minutes. Brown also continues to ask them to stop filming, but the pranksters lie about turning their video camera off and continue filming.
"I was already having a bad day, and then you motherfuckers come over here and you done make it worse."
However, the story doesn't end with what's caught on video.
According to The Sun-Sentinel, police arrived. Details are sketchy, but Venegas ended up being arrested on felony
charges of making a bomb hoax.
Zdorovetsky was not arrested, but the police reports said there is probable cause that he too could be charged. Brown does not face charges.
"The bomb squad came. Can you believe that?" Zdorovetskiy told The Sentinel. "The bomb squad came for this prank. It's unbelievable how law is these days."
It's also unbelievable what people will do to score YouTube hits these days.
The pair says they will continue make videos and that they make money off of them, but we kind of agree with Mr. Brown's advice to them: "Next time bitch, don't do that dumb shit."
In case you're up for more dumb humor, we've embedded a couple of the duo's other videos on the next page.
Fans of dudes in drag, this one is for you:
This one is entitled "Epic Poop Prank!" So...
This one is called "Gay fight prank" it comes with a "warning" that informs you no one in the video is actually gay.
And, of course, the Miami Zombie video that shot them to infamy.
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