1 arrested in incident inspired by movie 'Project X'
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MIRAMAR, Fla. (WSVN) -- One teen has been arrested and police are now looking for other suspects who are accused of vandalizing a recently-foreclosed home and attempting to bring the events in a motion picture to life.
Miramar Police expect to make more arrests, as they are still looking for other suspects. For now, they have 18-year-old Christopher Day in custody. According to police, Day recently posted a YouTube video promoting a party at the foreclosed home. "Something insane, surprised to you lovely people for showing up," he said in the video. "So send us in anything, anything you wanna see us do."
The 18-year-old and his friends broke into the home where the party was to take place and spray-painted graffiti on the walls of the residence, including phrases like, "[Expletive] it, I'm young," "I'm just a kid," "Young, wild and free," and "Blunt Roastin." Cynthia Armalin of Trans Global Realty & Management said, "They were going to have a party on Monday night, and it would go from 8 p.m. to 6 this morning."
The bash was to be called "Project X House Party 2," and was intended to recreate the events in the recently-released Warner Bros. film "Project X." A Craigslist ad was also posted about the party. "They were mimicking the movie that's out, 'Project X,' with the party and all the kids," said Armalin. "This area was the DJ area, mapped out and laid out, like it's a separate room."
One of the showers in the home was labeled the "Hot Box," where party-goers could smoke pot and get high. "In the video, he said, 'Now this is the grand finale here,' and he was pointing at the Hot Box," Armalin said. "I just said, 'Oh, my God. I've never, ever seen anything like this before.'"
News of the party quickly went viral. "I just saw on Twitter, everybody's like, 'Project X party, come to it, text me for the address,'" said Gianella Lanuru, who knew about the party.
Before the party planners could even throw the bash, several party-goers arrived at the location early to scope it out. Neighbor Osman Valdes saw the teens. "I saw another two juveniles, and I called the police," he said. "That was Sunday afternoon."
Police said they arrested Day, who lives next door to the vandalized home. Miramar Police Detective Yesenia Diaz said, "He was charged with $4,000 of criminal mischief damage to the actual house, inside of it, as you've noticed, and also with burglary to the premises."
In bond court, Day told the judge that he does not have a job and recently graduated from high school.
With the 18-year-old accused party planner behind bars, party-goers had no clue that the party was canceled. Police were called out to the home when party-goers came to the residence for the bash. "We were able to actually deter over 2,000 kids that were going to be here," said Diaz. "We have an ongoing investigation for other individuals that were involved. 'Project X' is a movie, and it's definitely not a movie that's going to be redone or re-filmed in the City of Miramar."
According to the property manager, the vandals caused $20,000 in damage to the home.
Day has since bonded out of jail, but police are searching for others that may have been involved in the vandalism.
If you recognize the second suspect captured in the YouTube video, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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