YouTube engineer allegedly stabs man with a pencil during drug-fuelled 4th July rampage

YouTube engineer allegedly stabs man with a pencil during drug-fuelled 4th July rampage

A YouTube employee has been charged with multiple counts of attempted murder after a slew of crimes committed while under the influence of LSD.

As reported by The Independent, 32-year-old Betai Koffi injured eight people during a 'rampage'  in northern California after taking the drug, which concluded with him driving a stolen truck into a cluster of pedestrians.

According to Sargeant Spencer Crum of Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, Koffi assaulted a number of friends at a house party on Thursday 4th July. Koffi is accused of punching a woman, choking a man, and stabbing a different man with a pencil. 

Koffi reportedly left the house party around 8pm, before stealing a truck belonging to a security guard. Koffi reportedly stabbed the security guard with a sharp garden light before ploughing the truck into civilians in Bodega Bay. The rampage came to a halt with Koffi being shot through the windshield of the stolen truck by a sheriff's deputy.

“Koffi and the first woman hit by the truck were flown by helicopters to nearby hospitals and treated for their injuries,” Sargeant Crum said in a statement released last Friday.

“The woman received significant injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening.”

"At approximately 3pm Koffi became delusional around the home while his friends tried to keep him calm,” Cruma added.

“Between 4pm and 5pm, he took two more doses of LSD. Shortly before 8pm Koffi wanted to leave but his friends tried to stop him.”

Koffi is under arrest and facing one charge of carjacking, two counts of attempted murder, and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon. He is currently hospitalised in a critical condition.


Danielle Partis is editor of and former editor of She was named Journalist of the Year at the MCV Women in Games Awards 2019, as well as in the MCV 30 under 30 2020. Prior to Steel Media, she wrote about music and games at Team Rock.


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