In what appears to be an alarming new trend — if you subscribe to the concept of two being a trend — an armed fan broke into the home of a YouTube couple earlier this month. Gavin Free, best known as one of the Slow Mo Guys, and Meg Turney, a cosplayer and vlogger, were at home in Austin, Texas, when a man with a gun broke into their home at 3 a.m. at the end of January. The couple, the Albuquerque Journal reports, hid in a closet in their home and called 911. The fan, Christopher Giles, was later killed during a standoff with the police.
Giles drove to Austin from Albuquerque — an 11-hour trip — to seek out the couple. He seemed to have a fixation with hurting Free, and the police found over 1,000 notes about the couple on his phone, as well as recorded threats, like “I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children.” Giles is being described by the police as “single, lonely and disturbed,” and having “developed a fondness of Turney yet resented Free for his lifestyle and success.”
After breaking into the couple’s house, Giles eventually left after he couldn’t find Turney and Free. Reports indicate that he fired his gun once while inside the house. He ran into police officers in the driveway, where he was ultimately shot dead. Giles reportedly fired his gun once in the driveway and the police returned fire. Texas authorities are investigating whether or not Giles shot himself.
Earlier this month, a fan broke into YouTuber Logan Paul’s house in California. Paul performed a “citizens arrest,” after discovering the fan — who entered the house through the unlocked front door — sitting on the couch. Paul’s roommates were home at the time, but just assumed that the person coming through the door into the house was Paul. The fan was eventually arrested — by the real police, not Paul — for criminal trespass.