ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD (WBFF/CNN) – A wanted Maryland man has been arrested after taunting police on their Facebook page, and leading them right to him.
“We figured we’d profile a couple of our wanted people that we haven’t been able to track down,” Anne Arundel County Police Dept. Lt. T.J. Smith said.
It’s called “Wanted Wednesday.”
A new online initiative by Anne Arundel County Police.
“We figured we’d use our social media community to help us identify them and then some people might see themselves and just turn themselves in,” Lt. Smith said.
What the department didn’t expect was what happened this past Wednesday, when Roger Ireland saw his face pop up on the screen.
Instead of keeping silent, he commented on his own picture.
“That probably was not a good idea for him to do that,” resident Pamela Proctor said. “(laughs) I wouldn’t have done anything like that.”
His post taunting police, proclaiming they couldn’t catch him.
At least one person made the connection, posting: “Wait what?? Isn’t that him right above my comment??”
“We sent it over to some of our investigators in our intelligence department said, ‘hey you guys track him down?” Lt. Smith said.
Police were able to locate Ireland right here at Tenth and Patapsco Avenue after conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle that he was in. This just 24 hours after he said he couldn’t be caught.
“That was not intelligent at all, at all. I’m sure he’ll probably think again before he does something like that,” resident Proctor said.
“I wouldn’t call that the best practice if you’re trying to elude the police, but we welcome it. Anybody else that’s trying to elude us, we hope that you comment on our Facebook page and let us know where you are and we’ll come get ya,” Lt. Smith said.
This initiative seems to be working.
Since it began a few weeks ago about half of those wanted have been arrested.