Facebook Live Video Leads To Evacuation, Arrest

Posted: 3:06 PM, May 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-05 22:36:17Z
Facebook Live Leads To Evacuation In Mt. Juliet
Facebook Live Leads To Evacuation In Mt. Juliet

A Facebook live video led to the evacuation of several homes and a scary night for some neighbors in Mt. Juliet. One man was also taken into custody.

Officials with the Mt. Juliet Police Department learned about the live video around 2 a.m. Saturday and said it showed a man being threatened with a gun in real-time.

Authorities tracked the video back to a house in the 1400 block of Brighton Circle.

More than a dozen neighbors were evacuated and brought to a nearby community clubhouse until police could be sure there was no threat to the community.

Police then brought out special crisis teams to talk to the people involved in the video.

The male suspect, male victim, and a female in the home came out willingly.

The suspect was identified as convicted felon Lonnie Baggatta, age 34. Police also discovered marijuana and a handgun used int he video.

“When making contact with them, everyone complied with us, came out of the home, but now we continue to investigate the nature of why that video took place, why that individual decided to threaten another individual with a handgun,” said Captain Tyler Chandler, of the Mt. Juliet Police Department.

There were reportedly children inside the home at the time, but luckily no one was hurt.

Baggatta was booked into the Wilson County Jail. He has been charged with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon (convicted felon in possession of a handgun), and simple possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana).