Man Finds He Is On "Most Wanted" List in California from Google Search
March 17, 2014 9:50 AM
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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."
Northern California Regional Intelligence Center
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3/17/2014 11:18:56 AM
I'm curious. Given that it sounds like he wasn't really trying to hide - Did the police not even bother checking his house/apartment to see if he was there? I mean, if he was really a "most wanted" criminal, it sure sounds like they didn't put much effort into catching him :)
3/17/2014 11:41:16 AM
That's my thought. It says a lot about your police force when one of the most wanted criminals in your state can evade the police by "Going about his Daily Routine" while not even knowing that he's one of the most wanted.
3/17/2014 12:20:37 PM
Then why did he stop showing up for work after the incident?
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