An alleged four-time murderer was featured on America’s Most Wanted, but it was Facebook (META) that ultimately led to his arrest.
A police officer in Glendale, CA tracked down one of the LAPD’s most wanted fugitives after spotting him in various Facebook photos, the L.A. Times reports. The fugitive, Eduardo Rodriguez, has reportedly been on the run for around 12 years, and stands accused of four murders and two attempted murders, all related to gang activity.
While on the run, Mr. Rodriguez had adopted the false name “Juan Carlos Campos Gamino,” which he’d also been using on Facebook (guess he wasn’t a drag queen). The police officer, however, still recognized his face. A surveillance team staked out one of the locations in the Facebook photos, and last Thursday eventually caught Mr. Rodriguez.
“He saw us and knew immediately what it was about. He didn’t even try to hide his identity,” U.S. Marshal Laura Vega is quoted as saying. “You could see that moment when he knew what it was about and just gave up.”
Mr. Rodriguez must have really gotten into his fake identity, because his fiancée and her children were “genuinely pretty shocked” to learn of his allegedly murderous past, the L.A. Times reports. Yikes.
Though Mr. Rodriguez’s Facebook-aided arrest stands out for its magnitude, this certainly isn’t the first time a criminal has accidentally outed themselves through the social networking site.
Some other fun examples include the kid who ‘liked’ and shared cops’ photos of him, the thief who used a pilfered phone to post a selfie on the victim’s Facebook, and the woman who posted selfies with stuff her boyfriend had just stolen in the background.
Well, at least all this Facebook activity is making law enforcement’s jobs easier.