NORFOLK, Va. (AP/WAVY) - A social media website plans to turn over the records of four accounts sought by Norfolk police seeking information on the assault of two newspaper reporters last month.
WAVY.com obtained the police search warrants requesting posts and personal information from the Twitter accounts, including the users' location and email addresses. The warrants note Twitter has complied with the request and sent the information.
Police say two Virginian-Pilot reporters were in a car at an intersection on April 14 when a pedestrian threw a rock at the vehicle's window. The driver got out and was attacked by several people. Both of the reporters suffered minor injuries.
Detectives say several Twitter postings afterward mentioned the incident. The search warrant states that Twitter users @MzDenisee , @Cooke2x, @POTENTDAPLUG , and @PINK_boyshorts posted several comments in reference to a "Caucasian male being assaulted on Church Street." Based on the time frame the comments were posted, investigators believe the users may have knowledge of the mob assault incident.
A search of the four Twitter accounts mentioned shows that only posts made after April 30 are now available for public view.
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