Police: Dallas Man Tracked Down TheDirty.Com Contributor, Threatened to Blow Her Head Off
A week ago Sunday, Justin Mark Stanert made a cameo on TheDirty.com, Nik Richie's rather lurid crowd-sourced gossip site. By the standards of the site, the allegations against Stanert were tame. No nude photos, no rumors of liaisons with underage transexual prostitutes, just a report that he and his girlfriend "ARE THE LOWEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD."
THE (sic) STEAL AND LIE TO EVERYONE. JUSTIN CHEATS ON HIS GIRLFRIEND MEAGAN ALLL THE TIME AND LIES AND SAYS HE IS GOING TO HIS BROTHER TO PLAY BEER PONG! JUSTIN LIKE TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS THEN STEAL FROM THEM! HE CLAIMS HE WANTS TO BE A CHEIF (sic) BUT IDK ABOUT YOU I WOULD NOT WANT THIS SCUMBAG LOSER TO BE COOKING FOR ME!!!!! HE GOT ARRESTED WHEN HE WAS ONLY 20 FOR STEALING CREDIT CARDS AND USING THEM!!!! LOSER!!!!! HE HAS EVEN STOLEN THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FROM PEOPLE!!!!! BREAKS INTO PEOPLES (sic) HOUSES AND STEALS EVERYTHING THEY GOT!!!!!!!!!! HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE 25 BUT WHAT 25 (sic) STEALS FROM OTHER PEOPLE?!?! OH YEAH LOW LIFE LOSERS GOING NOW WHERE (sic) IN LIFE! KARMA IS COMING FOR YOU JUSTIN ... YOU SCREWED YOU LIFE UP NOW KID. GOOD LUCK TRYING TO GET A JOB ANYWHERE WHE (sic) YOU A THEIF!! THESE PEOPLE NEED TO BE PUT ON BLAST SO NO ONE BEFRIENDS THEM AND HAS THEIR PROPERTY STOLEN AND HAD ALL THEIR MONEY TAKEN TO WHERE THEY HAVE NOTHING AT ALL!!
Posts on TheDirty.com are anonymous, but Stanert thought he had traced the poorly spelled, overzealously capitalized post to 21-year-old Jeremy Riner. According to police, he visited Riner at his M Streets home late last night and brought along a gun to get his point across.
Stanert arrived at 11:35 p.m. and banged on the door, rousing Riner from his sleep. When Riner opened the door, Stanert racked the slide of his automatic handgun, pointed it at Riner's head, and told him he was going to "blow [your] fucking head off."
Riner denied authoring The Dirty post, which happens to be exactly what you'd expect from someone staring down the barrel of a gun. But Riner's claim was bolstered when a woman emerged from the house -- she's not identified in a police report -- and said that she was the author. Stanert then turned the gun to her head and threatened to blow her head off.
Riner took the opportunity to dial 911 as the woman screamed to "go ahead and pull the trigger" in what sounded to the operator like an attempt to alert the neighbors to the gunman's presence.
Realizing the cops were on their way, Stanert took off running. When they arrived Riner and the woman told officers to look for a white guy, 5 feet, 9 inches tall and 160 pounds, with a "scruffy beard." He had stolen $1,000 from them, which had prompted TheDirty.com post, which had apparently sent Stanert into a rage.
Police had no trouble finding Stanert. He was at home, where he was arrested and taken to Lew Sterrett on an a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
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