A Michigan hero was shot and killed when he posed as an underage girl to confront alleged child predators. Robert Lee, 40, of Pontiac, was known as a vigilante “pedophile hunter” who brought light to men who prey on underaged girls online. He often slashed the pedo’s tires to prevent them from fleeing the scene before cops arrive.
Lee, a.k.a. Boopac Shakur, was beloved by his tens of thousands of followers on Facebook. He would often pose as a 15-year-old girl online to catch predators after arranging to meet. His aggressive style was recorded and went viral on Facebook.
Boopac Shakur confronts a child predator and slashes his car tires.— Alex Rosen (@iFightForKids) September 30, 2023
For those unfamiliar, this was Boopac’s style for confronting pedophiles. Straight hood productions. While there is definitely criticism to be made, the entertainment value and gratification from his videos will… pic.twitter.com/6Zy8UdDjFO
Police say he confronted two males — ages 22 and 17 — at the Universal Coney Island restaurant in Pontiac around 10:30 p.m. on Friday night.
Lee punched the 17-year-old, who pulled a knife. The other male produced a gun and shot Lee multiple times. They fled the restaurant after the shooting but were later captured by police.
According to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, Lee died at a local hospital.
“There were 2 people at the table, One he was mostly focused on and talking to and became heated with was not the individual who shot him. It was the other person on the opposite side of the table,” said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard in a statement.
“His one-man crusade has led to the arrest and criminal charges being filed against several men,” Sheriff Bouchard said. “He has also mistakenly identified someone as a sexual predator who was not.”
He added: “While we certainly understand his desire to hold child predators accountable, many times well-intentioned individuals who engaged in this don’t know the standard of evidence required for convictions and often underestimate the potential for violence confronting a suspected predator.”
His GoFundMe shares a touching tribute, “
Robert dedicated his life to protecting the innocence of our children from those with malicious intentions. Through his courageous efforts, he successfully exposed 132 predators who sought to harm our community’s youth.
Tragically, on Friday, September 29, 2023, while carrying out his mission to protect our children, Robert was fatally shot by a repeated offender. He leaves behind a legacy of bravery and service that has forever impacted our lives.
His GoFundMe has raised $7000 to contribute to his funeral expenses. His family shared a touching tribute, “Robert was not only a defender of the innocent; he was a beloved father to his daughter Ah,’vyana. As she navigates the uncharted waters of life without her hero father, we aim to honor Robert’s memory and support Ah’vyana through this challenging journey.”
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