Social media influencer Richard Sharp, known as ‘Famous Richard,’ arrested AGAIN on robbery charges just months after CRYING in his jail cell
A YouTuber infamous for taunting the NYPD was arrested for robbery just months after he was seen crying in a jail cell.
Social media personality Richard Sharp, 24, known online as “Famous Richard,” tried to film himself Friday while challenging a Port Authority police officer when the officer recognized him as a wanted man for a previous robbery attempt in Manhattan.
The Port Authority Police Benevolent Association union announced the news of his arrest on Instagram.
“A YouTuber who filmed his antagonistic interactions with police officers approached Port Authority Police Officer Bradley DeSalvo at the entrance to the Port Authority Bus Terminal on 8th Avenue,” the group wrote, alongside a photo of the beaming officer.
“As the YouTuber was about to start his act filming a cohort, PO DeSalvo had another trick up his sleeve,” the post continued.
Richard Sharp, 24, known online as “King Richard,” began taunting a New York City police officer Friday but was quickly recognized as a wanted man for a previous robbery
Sharp continued to harass the officers as he was led away, shouting, “This makes me lighter!”
The social media personality has a documented history of antagonizing police officers and is a self-proclaimed gang member in Chicago
A video of the arrest was posted on YouTube. Sharp approaches a group of officers in the bus station and says, “Can I ask you a question?”
But DeSalvo quickly grabs him by the arm. “Come here,” he says, leading Sharp to a wall and instructing him to put his hands behind his back.
Sharp posted a video of himself being led away in handcuffs on Instagram, where he has more than 130,000 followers.
“This makes me lighter!” he shouts before falling limply into the arms of the police.
Despite being in custody, he continues to taunt them, at one point turning and asking, “Where are your women?”
In the caption, Sharp promised he would “come home soon” and urged his followers: “Free me.”
According to a criminal complaint, the 24-year-old was wanted for an incident at a smoke shop where he allegedly got into an argument with employees “over the price of the property” on Thursday.
He allegedly unzipped his jacket and brandished a weapon before leaving, according to the complaint.
Port Authority Police Officer Bradley DeSalvo was the one who recognized Sharp and arrested him
In a moment captured on video, Sharp is seen asking police, “Can I ask you a question?” before Salvo holds him
Sharp was arrested in May and charged with making a terroristic threat, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, menacing and disorderly conduct
The 24-year-old appeared in Manhattan Supreme Court and was subsequently released — only to return to taunting police officers
In a filmed interaction, an officer said he remembered Sharp “crying in the cells” a week earlier
Sharp pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Friday to attempted first-degree robbery and was released without bail.
The influencer is a self-proclaimed member of the Black Disciples street gang in Chicago. He has long taunted police in videos on social media, sometimes trying to reach for their firearms.
In May, the 24-year-old was arrested in Jamaica, Queens. He was indicted on charges of making a terroristic threat, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, threatening and disorderly conduct.
After his release, Sharp made a video in Times Square in which he told an officer, “I am King David,” referring to David Barksdale, the founder of the Black Disciples who died in 1947.
As he continues to berate the officer, the officer simply responds, “You're the man who was arrested. You cried in the cells, I remember that.'
In another video that appears to have been shot in a Midtown Manhattan neighborhood, an officer turns to Sharp and says, “What's going on, son? Last week you were crying in the cells, right?'
“Who told you that?” Strict requirements.
“I saw you, bro,” the officer replies.
Sharp then turns to another officer and asks, “I was crying in the cells?”
“You cried in the cells, big guy,” the officer replies.
The 24-year-old has a dozen other arrests to his name, including three for firearm possession and a “history of assaulting law enforcement.”
He must appear in court again in February for attempted theft.