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Wanted Woman Arrested After Demanding Police Remove Unflattering Facebook Photo


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10/8/2014
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MONICA HARGROVE

Ohio Police say a woman was so upset by the unflattering photo detectives posted to Facebook that she called them and demanded that it be removed, leading to her arrest.

"This is a first for us," Denise Alex-Bouzounis, public information officer with the Columbus Police Department, told The Huffington Post. "She really didn't want her face out there for everyone to see."

According to Alex-Bouzounis, she posted 34-year-old Monica Hargrove's mug shot to the department's Facebook page on Sept. 10, as part of a weekly roundup called "Warrant Wednesday."

"It included her mug shot, her name and information about the crime," said Alex-Bouzounis.

The Facebook post read, in part:

"On August 30th Hargrove offered a female acquaintance a ride to a pharmacy on E. Main St. to pick up a prescription. After the acquaintance got the prescription and got back in the vehicle, Hargrove robbed the victim at gunpoint, leaving her on the side of the road."

According to The Columbus Dispatch, Hargrove had been indicted in the case for aggravated-robbery and kidnapping.

The Facebook post, which garnered 64 shares and some 54 thousand pages views, did not go unnoticed by Hargrove.

Police say the woman was so upset by the mug shot photo, which she considered unflattering, that she called within 48 hours of the post.

"She contacted the detective listed on the Facebook post and said, 'Hey, I want my picture down,'" Alex-Bouzounis said. "[The detective] said, 'Come on in and we'll talk about it.'"

And, police say, that is exactly what Hargrove did.

"She came in and he put her under arrest," said Alex-Bouzounis.

"Warrant Wednesday" has proven to be such a success for the police department that they plan to continue using Facebook to hunt down wanted individuals.

"We've had a lot of Facebook followers help turn people in," said Alex-Bouzounis.

So, if you're wanted in Columbus, keep in mind that well-meaning friends and frenemy's are not the only ones who might post a less-than-flattering photo of you on Facebook.

 

 


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