US Army National Guard officer and ZenCash co-founder Joshua Philip Yabut is accused of hijacking an M577 armored personnel carrier, followed by a 100-kilometer chase with the police. Police claim that the 29-year-old resident of Richmond, Virginia, was under the influence of drugs. This is reported by the ArmyTimes.
The vehicle was stolen Tuesday evening from the base of Fort Pickett in Blackstone. The pursuit continued for two hours, and the speed of the M577 at times reached 65 km / h. Arriving at the administration building in Richmond, the driver surrendered to the police.
Later, the armored vehicle was returned to the base. It was not equipped with guns, but Yabut himself had weapons, but there were no ammo for him.
In a telephone conversation with the Associated Press, Yabut said that the brigade commander had allowed him to take the armored vehicle and follow a pre-determined route to check the police response. He also rejected the version that he was under the influence of drugs.
— Joshua [BCH] (@movrcx) June 6, 2018
Shortly before these events, an American army officer, posted a series of controversial messages on Twitter, including "it’s a glorious day to shoot 15,000 rounds of ammunition in reflexive fire drills" and "all i wanna do is get an anime wife ", as well as a link to an article from" Wikipedia "about the M113 armored personnel carrier, which is similar to the stolen M577.
We are extremely grateful that there were no injuries as a result of this incident, and we appreciate the great work of the Virginia State Police, Richmond Police Department and other law enforcement and first responders who safely brought this situation to a close.
Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams
Adjutant general, Virginia
The ZenCash team confirmed that Yabut took part in the early stages of creating a crypto currency, and added that he intentionally left a vulnerability in the code, thus "organizing a public method" to launch an attack on the system. Later, the vulnerability was eliminated. ZenCash itself was attacked 51% a few days ago.
Currently, the detainee is in the prison of Richmond. In February, he submitted documents to the US Senate as an independent candidate.