Snapchat video leads deputies to suspected armed robber in west Harris Co.

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A social media expert said Mason Kirby Gray was trying to show off for friends, but led deputies to him with a Snapchat video.

The latest arrest of someone shooting a gun while driving on Snapchat is pointing out some misimpressions of the direct-messaging platform.

"People are posting stuff and they think it's a closed network. They think you're just sharing things between friends," said Mike Metzler, who's a Snapchat strategist. He creates social media campaigns for major organizations.

What Metzler knows, and those who post questionable videos, is that Snapchat has a feature called Snapmap.

"It geotags that specific video and puts it on a global map and it goes everywhere. It also tells people where you are. A lot of users don't realize that the feature can be disabled," Metzler said.

The video that most people think disappears within 24 hours can also be saved by those who view it.

That's what led to Tuesday's arrest of 20-year-old Mason Kirby Gray. He was charged with two armed robberies at a pair of gas stations in west Harris County last year.

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Mason Kirby Gray didn't have anything to say to our cameras as he was being booked into the Harris County Jail.



He couldn't be found until he posted the Snapchat video, which showed him firing off shots while he drove. That video was found by robbery detectives, and Gray was arrested at a friend's house Tuesday.

"He had already imprisoned himself," said Lt Jeff Steuber. "He just played video games all day because he couldn't go outside. He knew people were looking for him."

"It's the same payoff for anyone who does something stupid," said Metzler of the questionable videos. "They do it to impress their friends."

It also helps law enforcement. Of Gray, Steubner said, "he put himself out there with what he's doing, and in the end that's what helped us get him."

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RAW VIDEO: Our cameras were there as alleged Snapchat shooter Mason Kirby Gray, 20, was taken to the Harris County inmate processing center on Commerce.

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Mason Kirby Gray is in police custody after being sought for two March 2017 armed robberies.

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