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 11:55:17 AM
You are confused between battery and assault.
Assault - Creating apprehension of an imminent harmful or offensive contact with a person.
Battery - Unlawful physical contact.
Deadly Weapon - A statutory definition listing certain items which can inflict mortal or great bodily harm.
In this case this man discharged a gun (deadly weapon) in the vicinity of others (and near a residential dwelling) during an argument.
Assault requires no physical contact.
3/17/2014 1:32:59 PM
This. Charge was appropriate. Not sure why he ended up on the Most Wanted list though. Slow day at the State Police office? One would think there are more serious offenders in California...
3/18/2014 12:58:13 AM
Not to mention, this says a lot about how terrible their tracking is on "Most Wanted". Obviously, he wasn't wanted that mostly.
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