BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Ryan Christopher Marin, 19, was arrested Friday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill after allegedly posting an image on Instagram on June 15 depicting himself as a fictional anime character pointing a gun at TikTok star Josh Richards, with Richards bleeding from bullet holes.
According to the sworn complaint, Marin portrays himself on Instagram as the fictional anime character Kaworu Nagisa, and the Instagram post was done “in a manner in which it may be viewed by another person as a threat to kill.” The sworn complaint says that the threat caused Richards to be “in such fear for his life that it was one of the deciding factors for canceling his event at UF.” The event was rescheduled to September 8.
A sworn complaint was filed in the case on July 8, and Marin retained private counsel on July 28. Formal charges were filed on November 2, and a warrant was issued on November 8. Marin has posted bail of $5,000, set by Judge James Colaw.
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