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Fake News: Mexican Boy NOT Arrested & Deported For Singing Rancheras At A Local Walmart Store

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Wed, 11 Apr 2018 08:09:32 Z)

Was 10-year old Javier Canales arrested and deported to Mexico for "singing rancheras" at a Walmart in San Antonio, Texas? No, that was a fake story from a fauxtire site that generally posts stories that are not true.

The false story originated from Huzlers which published an article on April 11, 2018 titled "Mexican Boy Arrested & Deported For Singing Rancheras At A Local Walmart Store" (archived here) which opened:

SAN ANTONIO - A 10 year old boy was arrested and later deported back to his home country of Mexico after police arrested him for allegedly "singing rancheras" at a local WalMart.

Javier Canales, 10, was performing his favorite ranchera songs at a local Walmart, similar to Mason Ramsey--the southern illinois boy who recently went viral for yodeling at another Walmart, when ICE agents arrived and arrested him. "Who let the kid from 'Coco' inside Walmart?", ICE agents reportedly asked Walmart security, before escorting Javier outside.

Screenshot of http://www.huzlers.com/mexican-boy-arrested-deported-for-singing-rancheras-at-a-local-walmart-store/

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail might have thought it was a real news article:

Mexican Boy Arrested & Deported For Singing Rancheras At A Local Walmart Store

SAN ANTONIO - A 10 year old boy was arrested and later deported back to his home country of Mexico after police arrested him for allegedly "singing rancheras" at a local WalMart. Javier Canales, 10, was performing his favorite ranchera songs at a local...

But the boy in the picture was actually 7 years old and his name was Wilson Reyes. He was arrested in 2013 for stealing some money from another kid.

Boy cuffed, held after taking kid's money

Most kids get a timeout or a spanking for bad behavior, but a 7-year-old Bronx boy, Wilson Reyes, was arrested and handcuffed to a police precinct wall for hours on a robbery rap, police sources said.

This is the second 'kid arrested for singing in a Wallmart' hoax Huzlers has posted this week:

Fake News: 11 Year Old Boy NOT Arrested For Yodeling In A Walmart Store | Lead Stories

Was Jason Jones, an 11-year-old African American boy arrested in a Montgomery, Alabama Walmart for yodeling? No, that did not happen, it is a fake story pushed by a known fake news website, the events did not happen and the claim is not true.

It references the real story of Mason Ramsey, a 10-year-old who actually yodeled in a Walmart store and became a viral sensation overnight.

Huzlers styles itself as a "fauxtire" website and carries a disclaimer at the bottom of each page:

Huzlers.com is the most infamous fauxtire & satire entertainment website in the world. If it's trending on social media you'll find it here!

According to Splinter News the site is run by Pablo Reyes and David Martinez and according to Buzzfeed Reyes is involved with several other fake news websites. They tend to shy away from political stories, opting instead to write for a more "urban" audience, with stories about rappers, criminals and celebrities.

We wrote about huzlers.com before, here are our most recent articles that mention the site:

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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