The Freeland, PA police have gotten social media savvy and criminals are paying the price. One lesson a criminal recently learned about the cops tech savvy ways came when the guy posted a police mugshot of himself on his Facebook page. The lesson he learned was posting mugshots of yourself can be hazardous to your being at large as a fugitive.
Anthony James Lescowitch decided to go online, according to Freeland police, merely to taunt them. However, the joke was on Lescowitch. Police arrested him less than 45 minutes after he posted the photo.
Police posted a photo of Lescowitch on their website just before 9:20 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20. They said he was a fugitive on charges of aggravated assault and several other crimes. They asked for anyone knowing his whereabouts to contact 911 and call police.
Then officers took Lescowitch into custody within 45 minutes of posting his photo in their page. Naturally, they announced the capture on Facebook. Saying, in bold caps, “CAPTURED!!!!!” the police added that Lescowtch’s status update led to his arrest.
Since police noticed Lescowitch was trolling their page and mocking them in his Facebook posts, they took action to trap him. An undercover officer used a Facebook profile of an attractive woman to contact Lescowitch. A 30 minute online conversation during which the fake woman expressed interest in the fugitive led to an offer to meet for drinks
Lescowitch was skeptical at first, so the officer rephrased the offer and asked to meet him for a cigarette. This time, Lescowitch took the bait. The undercover officer came over to his place. Lescowitch came outside where he was arrested on the spot without any trouble.
Lescowitch was wanted on suspicion of committing aggravated assault last summer. He had been avoiding arrest ever since the charges were filed just before Thanksgiving. He also was wanted for violating probation in Luzerne County, PA. As of Wednesday, he was being held in Luzerne County Jail with a bond of $25,000.
Attorney Patrick Donovan is a criminal defense attorney in Massachusetts that has appeared in over fifty courts. Attorney Donovan a former Assistant District Attorney that represents people charged with both felony and misdemeanor crimes.