Confederate flag thief arrested in Sarasota

Dejerrian Murray booking photo

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WFLA)- The confederate flag heist got millions of hits online. Now the man behind the viral video is paying for his actions with a trip to jail.

Manatee County Sheriff’s officials say Dejerrian Murray, 23, turned himself in Tuesday. He’s now charged with petit theft. Murray was identified after someone posted a video of him stealing the flag from a Sarasota home. The homeowner told News Channel 8 he didn’t care about his flag, he said he just wanted justice.

VIDEO: Manatee deputies charge man with swiping Confederate flag

The #NoFlagginChallenge has inspired people across the country to steal confederate flags and post the videos online. Murray is now out of jail on a $2,000 bond. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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