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Police Call Logan Paul A 'Dumb Criminal'—And Say He Could Be Charged With Multiple Crimes

Police Call Logan Paul A 'Dumb Criminal'—And Say He Could Be Charged With Multiple Crimes
Updated 4 months ago

Freshly suspended Youtube star, Logan Paul may also be a wanted man.

It's no secret that YouTuber Logan Paul is a button pusher. He's garnered social media fame by uploading videos that contain the most sophomoric of pranks. He also went way too far with his controversial (and now deleted) video of Japan's Suicide Forest, in which Paul and friends discover the body of an apparent suicide victim hanging from a tree.

Paul has since issued both written and video apologies, largely to no avail.

Paul had also uploaded footage of he and his friends running around Japan behaving rudely to police officers and store clerks, participating in destruction of property, and committing acts of public indecency.

All of this video content (aka, evidence!) may come back to haunt Paul in the form of criminal charges.

According to The Daily Beast, Japanese police officers have spotted at least four crimes they could charge Paul with should he return to Japan. These include but are not limited to:

  • Destruction of property
  • Public indecency
  • Interference with business operations 
  • Multiple traffic violations

One officer the Daily Beast interviewed said:

... he’s left video evidence, on his own YouTube channel... We haven’t seen such a dumb criminal since those idiots uploaded videos of themselves bullying a convenience store clerk and stealing cigarettes [in 2014].

One former prosecutor, who declined to go on the record, told the Daily Beast:

Logan has uploaded evidence of himself committing violations of several laws with apparent criminal intent . . . Even if some of the events were staged, not all of them can have been, and if there were criminal complaints filed, the police would have to (probably happily) investigate.

Taihei Ogawa, one of Japan's most decorated police officers, had this to say about Paul:

... you’re showing these lawless acts to thousands of people who follow you on YouTube, which sets a bad example. Even if you did things as a prank, you damaged property, you bothered people, you obstructed the work of innocent people trying to make an honest living, you were rude to many and you were a pain in the ass. If the hotel wanted to press charges, any police department would follow up on it—and you have uploaded the evidence for them.

Ogawa went on to note that because of the smaller scale of Paul's crimes, he would probably not be issued an international arrest warrant or be extradited. However, there was one thing Paul may want to watch out for.

Ogawa said that as long as Paul is not in Japan:

... the statute of limitations doesn’t kick in. Ten years from now he could still be arrested.

If Paul heads back to Japan anytime soon, his prank videos might look a little more like this:

Not-so-fun fact: that apology video (above)? At first it was monetized, but someone had the decency to disable the ads.

H/T: Indy100, The Daily Beast