Updated: 26 Sept., 12:45UTC: Ben Armstrong has been released from custody after being detained by police. The crypto influencer posted on X (Twitter) that he had served eight hours for “loitering.”
The crypto community, somewhat inevitably, responded by posting mugshots of Armstrong, formerly known as BitBoy.
Ben Armstrong, the former face of BitBoy, has allegedly been arrested following an unusual YouTube livestream and an altercation with a police officer.
In a since-deleted livestream, Armstrong intentionally left the video on, interacted with a police officer, and acknowledged that he had a weapon in his car.
Significant Audience Witnesses Ben Armstrong’s Altercation
The livestream clip had been previously taken down but has now extensively circulated on X (formerly Twitter). Ben Armstrong appeared to confront the police before his arrest.
He initiated the livestream by announcing his presence outside Carlos Diaz’s house. Diaz is a former collaborator from his time with the BitBoy brand. Armstrong claimed that Diaz has his Lamborghini.
He displayed visible discomfort when questioned about the other occupants of the car.
Following repeated demands from the police officer to disclose the identities of other people in the car, Armstrong eventually confessed that a woman with whom he had previously had an affair was in the car.
“Cassie is in my trunk, my wife is aware we are here. My wife knows we came to do this. Cassie is the girl I had an affair with, she is involved in the situation. My wife knows.”
Armstrong then informs the police officer that he is currently on a YouTube livestream with an audience of around 2,500 viewers. He subsequently acknowledges not having a weapon on his person but confesses to having one in his vehicle.
“No I do not, I have one in my vehicle, but I do not have one on me.”
Crypto Community’s Response to Armstrong News
It sent the crypto community into a frenzy online.
Several users shared the video online, while blockchain investigator ZachXBT responded directly to a post made by Armstrong prior to the livestream. Armstrong had announced his intention to go live shortly from a “special location” on YouTube.
“You DO NOT understand how unhinged this really is. Ben Armstrong just showed up at an ex-employee’s (Carlos) house who he accuses of “stealing his lambo”. He decides to bring a WEAPON and the woman he cheated on his wife with??”
Hit Network, the former employer of Armstrong, hesitantly addressed the news on social media. “I think Ben Armstrong just got arrested,” it stated.
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