Monalisa Perez was arrested on Monday night after she fatally shot her 22-year-old boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz, while the couple were recording a YouTube stunt for her vlog. …
On Wednesday, Perez was charged with second-degree manslaughter â€” a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, a fine of $20,000, or both. …
Perez, who is pregnant, told police that Ruiz wanted to make a YouTube video of her shooting a book while he was holding it, as he believed that the book would stop the bullet, according to the criminal complaint.
Perez tweeted on Monday that the pair were planning to shoot a dangerous video. “HIS idea not MINE,” she wrote.
Perez started a YouTube channel in March which aimed to show “the real life of a young couple who happen to be teen parents.”
Perez had uploaded several YouTube videos featuring her and Ruiz, many of which involved doing “pranks,” “stunts,” and “challenges.”
Some of the videos also featured their three-year-old daughter.
The couple’s most recent video, which was uploaded on Monday â€” the day Ruiz died â€” was titled “Doing scary stunts at the fair.”
Perez told authorities that Ruiz had been trying to convince her “for a while” to shoot the book while he held it for a YouTube video.
Ruiz had set up a GoPro camera and another camera on a ladder nearby to record the stunt, according to the complaint. The two cameras â€” which recorded the shooting â€” have been secured as evidence for the investigation.
Perez told authorities that Ruiz eventually “convinced” her to shoot the book he was holding.
She said he had showed her a different book which the bullet did not go through.
Perez told police that she shot from a foot away while Ruiz held the book to his chest.
She used a .50-caliber Desert Eagle firearm which authorities recovered from the grass near the house.
Reading this you kind of wonder whether Pedro might not have tested the stunt using his .22 pistol, but then perhaps the unhappy girlfriend decided to switch in the .50 Desert Eagle when the time came to film the action. Bang!