You wouldn’t assume that the FBI could be crammed with sneakerheads, however you’d be shocked. With the ability to determine a sneaker’s distinctive footprint or recognise a helpful shoe may make the distinction between getting your man and letting him get away.
Living proof: FBI brokers investigating a collection of armed robberies throughout Michigan arrested an aspiring TikTok star after he was noticed dancing in what investigators described as his “stick-up footwear,” The Detroit Information studies.
Chozen Terrell-Hannah, who goes by @chozenwrld on TikTok the place he has simply over 150,000 followers, was nabbed by the FBI after they linked the distinctive Nike sneakers he’s worn in a lot of his movies with a string of violent robberies throughout Metro Detroit.
The 22-year-old had gone on a three-month-long crime spree, the place he’d caught up comfort shops (and paradoxically, sneaker shops) in a black hoodie, a black ski masks and white Nike React Presto sneakers utilizing a Glock 23 pistol chambered in .40 S&W.
A pair of Nike React Prestos just like those Terrell-Hannah wore throughout his robberies. Picture: Magnetoenergy
A tip-off led the police to suspect somebody with the Snapchat deal with @Chozenn_One (somebody ought to have turned off their Snap Map…) Investigators discovered the account’s title had been modified to “ChozenWrld” – which they simply linked to the TikTok profile with the identical title.
If that wasn’t sufficient of a paper path, Terrell-Hannah had worn the distinctive Nike sneakers in various TikToks relationship way back to 2020. If you happen to thought TikTok dances have been fairly cringe, we’d say that pales compared with the embarrassment he’s in all probability feeling proper now having received stung because of sporting his sneakers in these movies.
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In fact, this isn’t the primary time a prison’s sneakers have been chargeable for their seize. For instance, Richard Ramirez, higher often known as ‘The Evening Stalker’ or ‘The Stroll-In Killer’ – a serial killer energetic within the 80s who, in 1989, was convicted of 13 counts of homicide, 5 tried murders, eleven sexual assaults, and fourteen burglaries – was additionally caught because of his distinctive sneakers.
The distinctive footprint left by Ramirez’s Avia sneakers helped police join the killer to a lot of his crimes, a course of depicted intimately within the Netflix documentary collection Evening Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer.