Man Set To Be Arraigned For Alleged Mass Shooting Practice Videos

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A Spring Valley man who allegedly posted Youtube videos showing him loading and aiming guns out a window at people walking by his downtown San Diego hotel room is slated to appear in court today.

Steve Homoki, 30, was arrested without incident on Thursday on suspicion of possession of an assault weapon, possession of a high capacity magazine and child endangerment, according to the San Diego Police Department.

Homoki's arrest stemmed from a tip to the San Diego Joint Terrorism Task Force on Dec. 2, SDPD Lt. Shawn Takeuchi 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.

In a pair of Youtube videos posted Sept. 17 and 18 -- apparently filmed with a body camera -- guns, high-capacity magazines and hundreds of bullets can be seen strewn around the hotel room.

The camera-wearer crawls on the floor, grabs cartridges and 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.

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.”

Court documents obtained by NBC7 Friday afternoon, showed that the videos were likely recorded in March 2019, when Homoki allegedly checked into The Sofia Hotel under the false name Stephen Anderson.

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 “Shall not be published online for anyone to view, and this is satire and not in any way shape or form to be taken seriously.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 when they arrested him Thursday.

Homoki was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail pending arraignment.

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