In an unfolding incident, an American man notorious for his provocative online content has been apprehended by authorities in Osaka, Japan, on suspicion of trespassing at a construction site, according to a police statement released on Friday.
The individual in question is Ramsey Khalid Ismael, 23, who is widely recognized as “Johnny Somali” on YouTube. Ismael was taken into custody alongside another American, Jeremiah Dwane Branch, 24, who identifies himself as a university student, as confirmed by law enforcement officials.
Notably, Ismael’s online presence has been marked by videos that have generated significant controversy, some of which include content where he callously trivializes the profound tragedies of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, alongside racially insensitive remarks directed at Japanese individuals.
The alleged incident transpired when the two men are believed to have made an unauthorized entry into a construction site for a hotel situated in Osaka’s Chuo Ward on August 30. It is pertinent to mention that Branch was in charge of recording the intrusion, capturing Ismael, who was wearing a mask, at the scene.
In a significant development, both individuals have exercised their right to remain silent until they have had the opportunity to consult with their legal representatives, as conveyed by law enforcement authorities.