Thursday, 29 June 2017

Pregnant woman, 19, 'shot her boyfriend dead in front of their daughter, 3, as he attempted to stop a .50-caliber bullet with a BOOK he was holding up to his chest in bid for YouTube stardom'

As part of a young couple's quest for YouTube fame, a 19-year-old woman shot at a book her boyfriend was holding against his chest, killing him at close range outside their northwestern Minnesota home.
Monalisa Perez was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting of her boyfriend, 22-year-old Pedro Ruiz III, Monday night in Halstad.
Perez, who is pregnant, appeared from jail by video at a Norman County District Court proceeding Wednesday. She posted $7,000 cash bail and was released late Wednesday afternoon.
Ruiz held up the book — described by County Attorney James Brue as a hardcover encyclopedia — and Perez pulled the trigger on a .50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol, trying to see whether the bullet would go through, according to the criminal complaint.
'Prankster': Monalisa Perez allegedly shot her boyfriend of five years on Monday while filming a YouTube 'prank', his family said. Perez  has been arrested

Dangerous: Perez posted this tweet the day of the shooting. His family said he was supposed to stop a .50-caliber round with a book held in front of his chest. Instead it killed him

A few hours before the shooting, a posting went up on Perez's Twitter account that read: "Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever. HIS idea not MINE." The note included two wide-eyed emoji faces and another of an eye-covering monkey with a gaping mouth.
The Desert Eagle is described by retailer Cabela's in an online ad as "one of the world's most powerful semiautomatic handguns."

Witness: The couple's daughter, Aaliyah (pictured with Perez) was witness to the shooting, police said. The girl was a regular fixture in the couple's videos

Brue said there are "multiple videos" of the shooting, and they will not be released publicly at this time.
"We called him our little daredevil," said Lisa Primeau, an aunt who added that she "pretty much raised" Ruiz after his mother died in Texas when he was young. He tried living with his father in this part of the country, but it didn't work out, Primeau said.
Primeau said Ruiz was always chasing a thrill, "putting a dangerous twist on everything he did." His antics included "jumping into the swimming pool from the top of the house, no hesitation. He was a crazy driver with go-carts."
She said Ruiz also "had plenty of guns. He liked guns."
Another aunt of Ruiz's told WDAY-TV in Fargo that the shooting outside the couple's home on Hwy. 75, with their 3-year-old daughter nearby, was part of a stunt they intended to post on YouTube.
"He had told me about that idea," the aunt told the TV station, "and I said, 'Don't do it. Don't do it. Why are you going to use a gun? Why?' "

Celebrity: The couple hoped that the stunt would make them YouTube celebrities. Perez reportedly told police she had fired the bullet from a foot away

She quoted him as replying, " 'Because we want more viewers. We want to get famous.' "
Perez has a YouTube channel with many videos the couple have made, with stunts and pranks prevalent. The most recent one went up the morning before the shooting. It's titled "Doing Scary Stunts at the Fair, Part I" and shows the couple attending a fair last Thursday. Ruiz and a young relative were featured enjoying various rides.
"Imagine when we have 300,000 subscribers," Perez says during the video.
Ruiz replies, "I told them, the bigger we get, I'll be throwing parties."
One hour before their future unraveled Monday evening, Perez wrote on Facebook, "We are in the process of making Pedro a YouTube channel oh man is it going to be sweet! LOL." She added: "All the crazy stuff will [be] on his channel and mine. will be our family life!!!"
Soon after the shooting, Perez told a sheriff's deputy that it was Ruiz who had been pushing his idea for the video, which was recorded by one camera on the back of a parked vehicle and another on a ladder, according to the complaint. He had shown her another book that he had shot and the bullet didn't go all the way through, the charging document continued.

Gun: Ruiz was shot with a highly powerful .50 caliber Desert Eagle (pictured along with several .50-caliber bullets in file photo). He was described as a 'daredevil' by family

"Perez stated that she shot from about a foot away while [Ruiz] held the book to his chest," the complaint read.
In May, Perez posted a video revealing the sex of the child they are expecting in late September. It is a boy.
Ruiz and Perez had been together for six years, Primeau said, and Perez became pregnant at 15.
As they anticipated another child, Ruiz was supporting his growing family working for BNSF Railway and was studying to be a foreman, Primeau said. She added that she and others related to Ruiz "are all supporting Mona. It's a tragic incident. What she did … she has to live with that. It's the worst punishment she can get. She is pregnant with their second kid. It's just heartbreaking."

Pregnant: Perez is pregnant, and is expecting to give birth in September. In May the couple revealed the child's gender in a YouTube video

Plans: Perez said on Facebook shortly before Ruiz died that she had been planning to make a YouTube account specifically for him to post 'crazy stuff'

Family: Perez had Aaliyah when she was 15, and is expecting a baby boy in September. Ruiz had been training to be a foreman in order to provide for his growing family

This is the last video posted to the couple's YouTube channel the day that Ruiz was fatally shot


  1. This is what crack dose to your brain

  2. Annnnnnnd you tube will be held accountable, after all they cut payments to the channels and you have to be more outrageous just to make a living

  3. The only books that can stop a .50 cal bullet are the Talmud, the Bible and the Quran because they are all fully packed with shit.

    1. If you are being serious, MAW, I have to tell you that you are mistaken. Those books cannot stop a .50 caliber bullet, either.
      If, on the other hand, you are trying to do your part to coarsen life in America, well done.

  4. It would have taken two brain cells to rub together to do a test run of their theory that a book would stop a .50DE round before putting it into action with Ruiz standing behind it. Fortunately, this couple couldn't locate even those two cells.

    1. Well, if you read the story you would have read the part where the boyfriend did test on another book and the bullet failed to make it through. Should have done a few shots to be certain. Regardless, brain-dead move.