Missouri Man Wearing Joker Makeup Accused of Making Terrorist Threats During Facebook Live Video

A Missouri man has been arrested on suspicion of making terrorist threats while wearing full Joker costume and makeup during a Facebook Live video.

Jeremy Garnier, 51, was arrested in Delmar by the University City Police Department on March 2 while broadcasting the livestream to thousands of people.

During the hour-long footage, which is still available on Garnier's Facebook page as of press time, the suspect describes how he plans on raising awareness about the "epidemic of opiate addiction and heroin overdoses" in the country while staging a performance dressed as Heath Ledger's interpretation of the comic book villain from the 2008 movie The Dark Knight.

In the clip, Garnier is seen entering the Saint Louis Galleria Mall in the Joker costume and makeup before being asked to leave by security because his face is covered.

Garnier then drives to a nearby music venue, Blueberry Hill, and speaks directly to those watching his livestream.

"The reason I have your attention is to end the epidemic of opiate addiction and heroin overdoses which are plaguing our society. It's the leading killer of people under 50 years of age," he says.

"When you share this video let them know that The Joker ain't joking around when it comes to serious addiction. You need to leave that stuff alone, inspire the children not to do it, you know what I mean?

"And kill a few people," he added, while still in character as The Joker.

Garnier then orders a Sprite at the bar, telling the bartender: "I can't be inebriated when I'm planning on killing people."

He goes on to describe how he was kicked out of the Galleria Mall as they received reports he was threatening to do some harm.

"I'm not armed and I weigh 150 pounds, I don't have no weapons on me...except all these bombs," he adds as an apparent joke.

Police then arrived at the scene and took Garnier in for "various violations" without incident, which was also broadcast on the livestream.

Detectives presented the case to the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and a warrant was issued against Garnier for terrorist threats in the first degree. A judge later ordered Garnier to be held in jail without bond.

A GoFundMe page has since been set up to help raise money for Garnier's legal costs.

"While this was undoubtedly not Jeremy's best decision considering the consequences...he was not threatening anyone," a blurb on the GoFundMe page states.

"As he says...he was chasing 'clout'...trying to increase his Facebook viewers and bring attention to the opiate crisis plaguing this country.

"This is an extremely serious felony charge...I'm asking for your help so I can retain an attorney to get Jeremy a psych evaluation to show he truly is not a threat to society and to hopefully get a bond and get these charges dropped or at least reduced."

The University City Police Department has been contacted for further comment.

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Jeremy Garnier was arrested in the Delmar Loop, Missouri, after police received reports of a disturbance involving a man in a costume. University City Police Department
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