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Detroit Man Charged With Assault After Making Antigay Threats, Posting Video Online

Stephen Drake Edwards
Stephen Drake Edwards

Stephen Drake Edwards, who recorded himself making antigay remarks while pointing a gun at another man, turned himself in to police Saturday.

A Detroit man has been arrested after threatening another man with a gun and making antigay comments to him -- and posting a video of the incident online.

Stephen Drake Edwards, 20, went on to post an apology video Saturday, and then he turned himself in to police, The Detroit News reports. He is charged with felonious assault and carrying a concealed weapon in a motor vehicle.

Officials with the Wayne County Prosecutor's office said Edwards was driving in a Detroit neighborhood Tuesday when he pointed a gun at a pedestrian and made antigay remarks.

"The remarks made by Edwards were derogatory statements referring to the victim's sexual orientation," said a statement from the prosecutor's office. "The victim was able to get away from Edwards."

Edwards posted a video of the encounter on Twitter, in which he reportedly told the victim to take off his pants. And later he posted a much longer video on Periscope, saying he would have killed the man if he had taken off his pants.

Then Saturday, Edwards put another video on Periscope, headlined "Apologies to LGBT Community," in which he blamed drunkenness for his behavior in the previous post. Of himself in the earlier video, he said, "Physically it wasn't me. I was intoxicated."

"I apologize, though," he added. "I got my whole family looking at me. I don't even know why I did it. I'm going to go turn myself in."

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