Dayjia Blackwell, 21, better known by her online persona of 'Meatball,' was charged with burglary, conspiracy, criminal trespass, riot, criminal mischief, criminal use of communication facility, receipt of stolen property and disorderly conduct, the Philadelphia Police Department confirmed to 6ABC on Thursday (September 28). A total of 52 people, including three juveniles, were taken into custody in relation to the incident, according to Philadelphia Police Department First Deputy Commissioner John Stanford.
Blackwell appeared to be cheering on the looters and shouted "free iPhones" as a large crowd robbed the Apple store located in Center City Tuesday (September 26) night at around 8:00 p.m. The 21-year-old was also seen walking with the crowd as it drove to other areas and moved to other stores, which was reported to include the Apple store located near 15th and Chestnut streets, a Lululemon in the same area and a Footlocker.
"She may be responsible for a lot of other people being arrested because she encouraged those folks and they were, quite frankly, dumb enough to engage and participate and there are going to be consequences for that," Stanford said of Blackwell's involvement via NBC Philadelphia.
Stanford said the looting wasn't related to a peaceful protest that took place earlier in the day after charges were dismissed against an officer who shot and killed Eddie Irizarry, 27, over what was deemed as a lack of evidence, according to NBC Philadelphia. Blackwell was reported to have since been released from jail after posting bail.