Silva, 25, was arrested on suspicion of abduction and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after his 17-year-old girlfriend fled his home and went to a neighbor’s house, who called 911, the Charlottesville, Va., police said in an emailed statement to The Intersect.
The girlfriend told police that she had been held in the home against her will and that Silva had threatened her with a handgun. When police arrived, he refused to come outside, and instead posted a series of angry messages and videos to Facebook during the ensuing stand-off with law enforcement — including one in which he claims his girlfriend “betrayed” him.
Police decided to bring in the SWAT team, who eventually fired chemical agents into the home to force him to leave, which he did, police said. He left, as seen in the Vine, with his pants down to his knees.
Silva became inexplicably famous last spring for originating the “Gratata” gunshot meme, after he made a Vine of himself, shirtless in front of a bathroom mirror, making the onomatopoetic noise for the sound of an automatic firearm (the Vine has some language, but you can watch it, here).
It caught on:
… and then seemed to disappear, one of a growing pile of Old Memes that, one day, might once again be worth referencing again. Silva’s recent Vines include several videos of the viral star holding guns, “Gratata” references, and a video to his “haters” offering them a Snickers.
For many Vine users, Silva’s arrest seemed like a good reason to resurrect and evolve the original meme, at least for a little while:
Silva was denied bond Monday pending a meeting with his attorney. According to a local NBC affiliate, he told the court he is employed by Facebook, where he has 1.5 million followers.