The hot summer months are the perfect time to enjoy some refreshing ice cream, but police in Louisiana say one man went a little too far. He was apparently trying to recreate a viral video that showed a teenager from another state licking a tub of ice cream and then putting it back on the shelf. He is facing multiple charges, including one for criminal mischief. It is not clear if he has any criminal defense plans yet.
The grocery store where the most recent incident allegedly took place notified police of the possibility of a copy cat licker. Police did not say how they identified the 36-year-old man, but they did find a video of the incident posted to his personal Facebook page. The video showed the man removing the ice cream tub from the freezer, taking off the lid and then licking and poking the top before replacing it in the freezer. Both his video as well as the teenager's involved the Blue Bell brand of ice cream.
The suspect told police that the video was not all that it appeared to be. In fact, he claimed that he actually purchased the ice cream that the video showed him licking. He also provided a receipt that showed he had indeed purchased a tub of Blue Bell Ice Cream that same day. Police also charged him with unlawfully posting a criminal activity for notoriety and publicity.
Criminal charges of any kind are a serious matter in Louisiana. Defendants can face consequences in their personal lives early on in the process, including loss of employment and more. In order to minimize these outcomes and the possibility of jail time or fines, it is a good idea for individuals to begin working on their criminal defense plans in as timely a manner as possible. This usually allows for more time for a defendant to determine how best to proceed, which could mean negotiating a plea deal for lesser charges or fighting all of the allegations throughout the entirety of criminal court proceedings.