A Spring Valley man who allegedly posted YouTube videos showing him loading and aiming guns out a window at passersby was behind bars Friday following his arrest by a terrorism task force, authorities reported.
Steven Homoki, 30, was taken into custody without incident on Thursday, according to the San Diego Police Department. During a search of his East County home, authorities seized a number of guns, SDPD Lt. Shawn Takeuchi said.
Homoki’s arrest stemmed from a tip to the San Diego Joint Terrorism Task Force, the lieutenant said.
The online videos that spurred the investigation featured footage of the suspect pointing assault rifles at pedestrians from a room in the Sofia Hotel on West Broadway in downtown San Diego, according to NBC7.
Apparently filmed by Homoki himself with a body-mounted camera, the videos show guns, high-capacity magazines and hundreds of bullets strewn around in the hotel room, and the camera-wearer crawling on the floor and grabbing cartridges, the news station reported.
At one point, a round is shown being loaded into an automatic handgun, which is then pointed out a window at people walking near the downtown federal courthouse, NBC7 reported.
One of the videos shows an apparently unloaded assault rifle being retrieved from a couch and pointed out the window. After its trigger is pulled, to no effect, a voice says, “One down, more to go,” according to the station.
In the YouTube comments section on his video page, Homoki, using the alias “Stephen Anderson,” allegedly wrote, “Everything is fabricated for entertainment, and none of these are intended for any audience,” NBC7 reported.
“This is a private video,” the message continues. “Shall not be published online for anyone to view, and this is satire and not in any way shape or form to be taken seriously. Should children with toy guns deserve to get shot?”
According to the news station, police seized 14 registered firearms, including two assault rifles, from the suspect’s residence.
Homoki was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of weapons offenses and willful cruelty to a child. The reason for the latter charge was unclear.
He was being held on $20,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Monday afternoon.
The police spokesman praised the unnamed tipster who turned Homoki in to authorities.
“This arrest is an example of a community member coming forward with information that posed an immediate threat to San Diegans,” Takeuchi said. “The San Diego Police Department would like to thank the community for their shared efforts to keep everyone safe.”