Pa. Man Arrested After Posting Own 'Wanted' Status on Facebook
A Pennsylvania man learned the true meaning of Facebook "oversharing" on Monday.
Officers in Freeland, Pa. arrested 35-year-old Anthony Lescowitch on Monday night less than two hours after he shared a wanted photo of himself on Facebook and taunted police officers for not being able to locate him. The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader originally reported the story, according to USA Today.
Lescowitch shared the wanted bulletin just minutes after Freeland police posted it on the department's Facebook page Monday night. He was wanted for assault-related charges.
Police quickly devised a plan to use Facebook to capture him.
An officer pretending to be an attractive woman messaged Lescowitch, according to the police. At first, Lescowitch refused the offer of a drink, but eventually agreed to meet for a cigarette. He was then arrested once he arrived at the agreed-upon location.
After police arrested him, they posted the message: "CAPTURED!!!!!! SHARES OUR STATUS ON FACEBOOK ABOUT HIMSELF, CAPTURED 45 MINUTES LATER."
Court records do not list a defense attorney for him, but he faces a preliminary hearing Jan. 29 for charges that include aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident that occurred on July 14.
Court papers filed against him Nov. 27 said he was wanted for hitting a victim in the head. The victim fell to the street and was knocked out, then was robbed. Lescowitch stole his wallet and ATM card.
Lescowitch, who was also wanted by Luzerne County Adult Probation, was arraigned Tuesday morning and committed to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail. Three others are also charged in the Nov. 27 incident.
Lescowitch, who has been arrested 15 times, was an inmate at the facility in 2012, and spoke at Keystone Jobs Corps Center as a part of the LCCF Straight-Up Drug and Alcohol Awareness program.