GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The vigilante who made headlines for videotaping encounters with alleged sexual predators posted a new video Sunday, but police say they will not pursue charges in the case.
The vigilante identified as 23-year-old Zach Sweers is credited with getting the evidence to bring charges against several suspects after he posed as a child online. The suspects then arranged to meet for sex with someone they they thought was a child — only to be confronted by Sweers, armed with a camera and videotaping evidence to be used against them.
After the story broke last month, police said they advised against Sweers’ actions because of the potential danger. But that apparently hasn’t stopped him.
Sweers posted a new video Sunday that was reportedly captured on April 30. This time, a man carrying a holstered pistol on his waistband came with him.
The video posted on Sweers’ YouTube channel, “Anxiety War,” shows his alleged interaction with the purported predator online. He said he posed as a 14-year-old girl and the man he set up the meeting with said he wanted to have sex. The video shows a surprised man confronted by Sweers and his partner in a business parking lot. The man denies wrongdoing before pulling away. The video ends with a shot of Sweers’ partner grasping his holstered pistol.
The Grand Rapids Police Department said it was aware of the latest video but decided not to pursue charges. Sgt. Terry Dixon said the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office advised police they would no longer consider cases from Sweers’ videos.
Kent County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Chris Becker said his office was considering such a plan but would look at new videos if they’re presented to prosecutors. He said his office was not aware of Sunday’s video.
“We have advised this individual to stop doing what he’s doing,” Dixon said Tuesday afternoon. “It’s a dangerous, very dangerous thing that he’s doing. He’s been asked time and time again to discontinue this practice.”
24 Hour News 8 could not immediately reach Sweers for comment at his home Tuesday afternoon.