Wanted man shares police Facebook update (his mugshot)

Police in Pennsylvania say that a man wanted on assault charges shared their status about his mug shot on his own Facebook page. This leads, stunningly, to his arrest.

Chris Matyszczyk
2 min read
And so the police department celebrates. Freeland Police Department screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

I keep telling you that this sharing thing will get you into trouble.

But you won't listen.

Every day, lovers are caught sharing with people who aren't their lovers. Employees are caught sharing their NSFW exploits of the previous night. And men who interest the police try to share their contempt for their pursuers.

Police in Freeland, Penn., suggest that Anthony James Lescowitch was one such man. Wanted on a charge of aggravated assault (and several others), he allegedly couldn't help himself when he saw a Facebook update featuring his mugshot.

Yes, of course it was on the Freeland police department's own Facebook page.

As the Times Leader reports, it took only 45 minutes from Lescowitch posting his apparent taunt for the police to catch up with him.

But how did they do that? Sadly, with one of the oldest tricks known on Facebook. Yes, seduction.

Once he had shared the police's status, an undercover officer decided to share a little with him. He or she pretended to be a woman who was, well, interested in Lescowitch's welfare.

Naturally, her profile picture was seductive. And false.

She asked him where he was and whether he'd like a drink. He demurred. But then came the fatal line: "The least you can do is come out and have a cigarette with me." The fugitive agreed. The temptation of a shared cigarette had been too much.

And so, on Monday night, Lescowitch's status became "arrested."

The police, as is sometimes their habit, decided to offer a further, slightly gloating status update: "CAPTURED!!!!!! SHARES OUR STATUS ON FACEBOOK ABOUT HIMSELF, CAPTURED 45 MINUTES LATER."

There is no evidence that Lescowitch also shared this update.