Social media star Bryan Silva arrested after standoff in Charlottesville

Posted at 9:16 AM, Jan 04, 2016

Charlottesville, Va. - A social media celebrity was arrested in Charlottesville on Sunday after barricading himself inside a home.

Bryan Silva, 25, who has over two million followers between his Facebook and Vine accounts, is now behind bars after a stand-off that lasted more than three hours.

Bryan Silva Mugshot courtesy: The Daily Progress

Bryan Silva
Mugshot courtesy: The Daily Progress

WVIR reports that investigators were called to a home in the 2500 block of Jefferson Park Avenue early Sunday morning after Silva's 17-year-old girlfriend reportedly escaped from the home. The girl told police that Silva had threatened her with a gun and also threatened to shoot police.

Police responded to the home with warrants but Silva refused to come out and barricaded himself inside. A tactical team and crisis negotiators were then sent to the home.

While the home was surrounded, Silva made several posts to his Facebook page.

He uploaded a screenshot of a chat in which he wrote, "She betrayed me". Silva also posted a video showing police surrounding his home.

A second video, posted just before he surrendered to police, shows Silva yelling, dancing, and drinking what appears to be vodka.

Police launched a chemical irritant into the home around 3:00 p.m. and Silva emerged a short time later with his pants around his knees.


He is charged with abduction and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and is being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, awaiting a bond hearing Monday.

According to WVIR, Silva already faces a March 3 trial date in Orange County. Online court records show he was arrested in March 2015 on charges of destruction of property and marijuana possession.