Florida cops tracked down and arrested a fugitive after he used a “wanted” poster featuring his mug shot as his Facebook profile picture.
Stuart Police Department officers on Tuesday detained 42-year-old Mack Yearwood, who’d been on the lam for 11 months for violating his probation on two battery charges.
“If you are wanted by the police, it’s probably not a good idea to use the ‘Wanted of the Week’ poster of yourself as your profile pic,” the department posted online the following day.
Yearwood was arrested over the two probation violations following an alleged battery incident at a Stuart home late Monday.
The alleged victim identified Yearwood, who’d already fled the scene by the time the cops had arrived, as the suspect. Investigators then discovered that Citrus County Sheriff’s Office had been seeking him on the two outstanding warrants since October 2015.
“The patrol guys, to look where he was and for some intelligence, they went to his Facebook page,” Stuart Police Cpl. Brian Bossio told ABC News. “They discovered that he used his wanted poster for his Facebook profile.”
Police used information from his page to arrest Yearwood over the two warrants at his brother’s home. The investigation into Monday’s alleged incident is ongoing, and he has not been charged in that case.
He does, however, face an additional cannabis possession charge after a bag of weed allegedly fell out of his pants during his arrest. Yearwood has not entered a plea on that count and remains in custody at the Martin County Jail.