FBI has arrested a 22-year-old local amateur rapper for the Fourth of July Parade massacre. They identified Robert Crimo, who has a vast record of unsettling posts across his social media accounts, to be the culprit of the mass shooting incident.
About Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III And His Arrest
On Monday 4th of July, the FBI took Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III, into custody. They orchestrated the arrest after the agents visited his family’s home in Highwood. The location of the 22-year-old’s residence is about a mile from the scene of the shooting in Highland Park, according to reports.
An IMDb page under Robert Crimo’s name establishes him as a “rapper, singer, songwriter, actor and director” from the Chicago area. “The six-foot Hip hop phenom Awake The Rapper was born Robert Eugene Crimo III on September 20, 2000, in Chicago. He’s the middle child of three and of Italian descent” reads the page.
The page also claims one of his songs released in 2018 accumulated “millions of plays so far across online streaming platforms”.
The exact wording of the user-written bio reads: “The hip hop phenom is mostly known for his hit song ‘On My Mind’ which was released on Oct. 8, 2018. The track has amassed millions of plays so far across online streaming platforms,”
According to the page, Robert began working on and uploading music at the young age of 11. The page also alleges his net worth at $100,000.
For his Spotify account, he put together three albums, one in 2017, one in 2018, and one last year. The account statistics show that he has an average of 16,466 monthly listeners.
Robert’s Alarming Social Media Posts
Robert Crimo’s alarming social media posts seem to indicate signs of a highly disturbed individual. Additionally, screenshots of his deleted YouTube channel are also available to provide evidence of his mental state.
For instance, the culprit once posted a video on his YouTube channel that included a drawing of someone whom police appears to have shot dead.
Fox News reported that he released a music video titled “Are You Awake” in October 2021 that included drawings of a man pointing a rifle at a person.
The video also showed an image of a newspaper clipping about Lee Harvey Oswald the man who shot and killed President John F. Kennedy. Another image shows a drawing with blood spurting from a person’s body.
The most-viewed video on his YouTube channel is a music video for his song, “On My Mind”.
The video depicts the rapper reaching into a backpack before the screen goes black. When the music returns, the background is filled with maniacal laughter, fast-paced piano playing, and drumbeats as Robert Crimo appears on-screen donning a helmet and bulletproof vest.
The video then pans to the classroom ransacked and him smiling.
The culprit’s father, also named Robert Crimo, ran for mayor of Highland Park in 2019. He lost to Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering in 2019, WGN 9 reported. The news station had contacted him for a comment but the man reportedly hung up.
Robert appears to have posted at least twice about former President Donald Trump, according to an NBC News report.
He was seen wearing a Trump flag in a Twitter post on June 27, 2021. He merely captioned the post “spam”.
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