Fugitive used wanted poster as his Facebook profile pic, say police – CNET
Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.
I’ve never been on the run, though some days I think I know what it feels like.
I feel sure, however, that if I was trying to evade capture by the police, I would check my Facebook page to make sure there wasn’t anything incriminating on it.
This was allegedly not the case with Mack Yearwood.
As the Stuart Police Department in Florida said on its Facebook page: “If you are wanted by the police, it’s probably not a good idea to use the ‘Wanted of the Week’ poster of yourself as your profile pic.”
The Stuart police were looking for Yearwood in connection to an accusation of battery.
They thought it might be a good idea to check out his Facebook page to see what they could find. And there they say they found an image of Yearwood in a wanted poster from another Florida jurisdiction, Citrus County.
A spokesman for the Stuart Police Department told me he wasn’t sure why Yearwood had displayed the wanted poster.
However, Sgt. Heather Rothe told WPBF-TV: “I did chuckle, yes.”
It seems there were two outstanding warrants in total. This, police say, encouraged them to go to Yearwood’s brother’s house — where the alleged battery victim had told them he was staying. Yearwood was there and they arrested him.
“While he was taken into custody,” the police said on Facebook, “he asked to put on a pair of jeans that were located on the floor beside him. Mr. Mack must have forgotten that his bag of marijuana was still in the pocket.”
That brought him a possession charge too.
If you happen to be a fugitive, it’s best to be in possession of your social media faculties. Facebook attracts attention.
Some fugitives just can’t resist the lure, however. Who could forget the Ohio man who was on the run and messaged the police to say he was unimpressed with his Facebook mugshot? Yes, of course he sent them a better picture for the purpose.
Some alleged criminals have their pride. Serial displays of pride is what Facebook was created to accommodate.
Sadly, pride can come shortly before a fall.
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