‘Nikolas Cruz’ YouTube comment brings FBI to bail bondsman’s door

JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi bail bondsman got an eerie message in September that took on a whole new feel in the wake of the mass shooting in at a Florida high school Wednesday.

It was “Nikolas Cruz.”

That’s the name of the 19-year-old accused of entering Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School wearing a gas mask, pulling a fire alarm, and opening fire on the students as they tried to evacuate. Seventeen people, including a football coach lost their lives in the attack.

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Ben Bennight has a YouTube channel called “BenTheBondsman” where he posts videos about things that happen in his line of work. That leads to a lot of crazy comments, he said.

Being familiar with criminal matters and law enforcement, Bennight, who works for AFAB Bail Bonds in D’Iberville, Miss., took a screenshot and reported the post. According to the video he posted Wednesday night, he then contacted the FBI.

“I wish I could have given them more information but it was just a comment on my channel,” he said.

YouTube removed the offensive comment. Bennight tried to send it to “tips@fbi.gov,” an email address he found online. It bounced back.

So he called his local field office.

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“I called and left a message. The next day I had two FBI agents standing in my office taking down my information, taking copies of the screenshot, asking questions of course I couldn’t answer,” he said.

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