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Man allegedly fired his gun into the ground near people he was arguing with

A California man named Christopher Viatafa got a little more than he bargained for after performing a simple Google search. Perhaps out of boredom, Viatafa decided to Google himself only to find that he was on the “most wanted” criminals website in his area.
 
Viatafa found himself on the wrong side of the law after an August 2013 incident in which he got into an argument outside a senior center. Following the argument, he “pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and fired a few rounds into the ground near the people," according to a police statement.
 
Viatafa went about his daily routine for the next seven months unbeknownst to the fact that he was on Northern California's Most Wanted website.



Captured? He turned himself in...
 
When he found that he was listed on the site, he promptly turned himself into the police. "Although it wasn't good judgment that landed him on the website, he did used good judgment to turn himself in after seeing his photo," San Leandro Police said in a statement.
 
Viatafa has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and listed as a captured fugitive.
 
"The website played an important part in his apprehension," said police. "[It] has been a valuable tool for both law enforcement and the public in finding criminals."

Sources: ABC News, The Independent, Northern California Regional Intelligence Center



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blurred?
By ianweck on 3/17/2014 11:08:24 AM , Rating: 2
Why are the other faces blurred out? If they're wanted for something then their privacy shouldn't be a concern. Maybe someone on Dailytech will recognize one of them?




RE: blurred?
By inighthawki on 3/17/2014 11:14:55 AM , Rating: 2
Or more importantly you can click the link right above it and see everything. My best guess is DT did it to place emphasis on which picture it was supposed to be.


RE: blurred?
By carigis on 3/17/2014 3:55:28 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe they hoped no one would notice 9 out of the 10 most wanted are black guys?


RE: blurred?
By HomerTNachoCheese on 3/18/2014 1:59:06 PM , Rating: 2
Did you even look at the most wanted? None of the first 10 are black. Overall, roughly 20% were black. That is roughly - I am not bothering to confirm each person.


RE: blurred?
By jRaskell on 3/20/2014 5:31:33 PM , Rating: 2
So even though only about 20% of the most wanted are black, 90% of the fugitives on the captured list are black. That's a curious bias... to put it mildly.


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