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Wedgies lead to prankster's arrest at Bradenton theater

Tribune staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 09:24 AM

Charles Ross, who’s known for thousands of views on YouTube of his sophomoric pranks, finally got what a lot of his victims think he has long deserved.

He was arrested Sunday night by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and charged with battery.

While Ross said he’s not planning to stop the pranks – which include hugging strangers in public, doing handstands over people sunbathing at the beach and resting his head on a stranger’s shoulder -- he’s reconsidering his approach.

"I'll probably try to think of more things that are causing me to be the victim rather than other people," said Ross, 18.

On Sunday night, the law got involved.

Ross of Bradenton gave wedgies to strangers at a Bradenton movie theater as his friend filmed the shenanigans.

He grabbed one man by the "back of his pants and pulled them up hard," the sheriff’s affidavit said. Ross then challenged the victim to punch him while his friend, Jordan Owens, filmed the exchange, according to the affidavit.

The victim filled out an affidavit with sheriff’s deputies. Other victims at the Royal Palm 20, 5126 26th St. E., Bradenton, told the arresting deputy they were too embarrassed to pursue charges, the sheriff’s office said.

The movie theater’s manager also ordered Ross and Owens from the theater. Ross and Owens told the deputy they understood they would be arrested if they returned to the theater, according to the arrest affidavit.

The deputy took possession of the video camera.

Ross said he wasn’t surprised to see deputies at the scene.

"I get the cops called on a lot of the pranks that I do," Ross said. "I wasn't surprised to like see them and stuff.  And doing what I do, I kind of, like, expect things can happen."

Ross was released from the Manatee County Jail on Monday after posting bail set at $750. His court date is set for Valentine’s Day, according to the arrest affidavit.

 

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