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 2:01:25 PM
The firing of the gun is a separate charge. Assault was the moment he threatened with the gun.
Imagine yourself in an argument with someone who takes out a gun. Pretend you're not in Florida or Texas where this is the start of World War 3. The threat of use of the gun is a pretty extreme thing...
That being said, the fact that this places someone on the top of the most wanted list is crazy. Also the fact that the police couldn't capture this guy shows how hard they're working at it, the guy turned himself in. Hope he gets off lightly and doesn't do anything that silly again.
3/18/2014 2:23:19 AM
Criminals like this should be treated with a lot more leniency than other criminals because it would set a good example, and to not be more lenient sets a bad precedent.
Obviously nobody here is condoning what he did, but in all fairness, it sounds like what he did was more of a public disturbance than assault. Assault's if you point a gun at somebody, and it sounds like he simply scared somebody off.
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