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British prank TikToker who went viral for entering stranger’s home is in custody

British prank TikToker who went viral for entering stranger’s home is in custody

A British TikToker who has become notorious for extreme pranks was in custody accused of violating a court order barring him from posting videos of people without their consent, according to London’s Metropolitan Police.

Bacari-Bronze O’Garro, 18, known as “Mizzy” on social media, was charged Friday with three counts of violating a criminal order, the Met confirmed in an email Monday.

O’Garro pleaded not guilty in Thames Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, according to the Met and The Guardian.

O’Garro could not be reached for comment Monday.

O’Garro is one of several internet creators who have used pranks to amass sizable followings, some of whom push legal boundaries with ever more outlandish stunts. O’Garro’s pranks have included stealing an elderly woman’s dog (he returned it) and tampering with a railway train’s controls.

O’Garro was handed a criminal behavior order Wednesday for a video he made in which he entered a family’s home without their consent on May 15, the Met said in a news release. The family was at home at the time, and O’Garro recorded the encounter and posted it to his TikTok account.

At that hearing, O’Garro pleaded guilty to violating a community protection notice he was given in May 2022. Judge Charlotte Crangle issued a two-year criminal behavior order, which barred O’Garro from posting videos without the consent of those being recorded. She also barred him from Westfield Stratford City, a shopping center in Stratford, East London, and fined him £365.

O’Garro allegedly violated the criminal behavior order the day after it was issued, leading to his arrest Friday.

Prosecutors claim he twice violated his criminal behavior order by posting a video of people without their consent, The Guardian reported. A third violation stems from O’Garro’s allegedly visiting Westfield Stratford City.

A video of O’Garro being taken into custody showed him hugging friends before police led him away. His next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday.

“Some people have referred to these as ‘prank’ videos, but I hope that this outcome demonstrates just how seriously we have been taking this investigation and the understandable public alarm, since this footage began circulating online,” Detective Chief Superintendent James Conway of the Central East Command Unit said in a statement.

Kalhan Rosenblatt

Kalhan Rosenblatt is a reporter covering youth and internet culture for NBC News, based in New York.

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