Alleged bike thief describes his crimes in Facebook Live rant as he pedals down I-84
A 32-year-old Michigan man tried to rob the Mountain Home Walmart on Thursday morning, and police say they now have him in custody, thanks to a video posted on social media.
Mountain Home police were called to the Walmart at 11:30 a.m. Thursday for a report of threats to a customer. A man later identified as Jason Granger demanded money and displayed a holster in his waistband, police said.
The man, described as having red hair and a beard, was wearing blue jeans. He fled with an unspecified amount of cash on a bicycle later found to be stolen from a local church.
His live broadcast may have given him away. “Investigation found a live video on Facebook from him narrating his traveling on Interstate 84,” according to a news release from Mountain Home Police Friday morning.
Granger appears to reference the police interest early in the video: “You [expletive] cops can’t catch me. Like my new wheels, guys? Isn’t that a sweet bike? I’m still running from any cop I come across. Catch me if you can.”
And later, in regards to the bike he was riding:
“Compliments of the [expletive] community center I [expletive] robbed it from. It was a pretty cool community center. ... In fact, I might go back and take some more [expletive].”
Working off a description provided by Mountain Home investigators, two Idaho State Police motorcycle troopers spotted Granger along I-84. Told that the man had indicated at Walmart that he might have a gun, the troopers held Granger at gunpoint until Mountain Home officers drove out and arrested him, an ISP spokesman said.
Granger was booked into the Elmore County Jail on charges of attempted armed robbery and burglary.
Mountain Home Police Lt. Ron Harmon said the report on the case hasn’t been completed, and he doesn’t yet know whether Granger was in possession of a gun at the time he was arrested.
Idaho court records show one sealed case for Granger in Elmore County.
“I don’t think we’ve dealt with him before,” Harmon said.
Granger is from White Lake, Mich., police said. In the video, he says he left Michigan and was on his way to Portland. He says he stole food from the community center to make a “survival pack.”