A New Port Richey, Fla., man was arrested on Friday after posting a series of Facebook comments on his own wanted photo.
Matthew Oliver, 23, noticed that his wanted picture had been used on July 10 for the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office “Fugitive of the Day," local television outlet WTSP reports. According to the post, Oliver was the subject of an “active warrant” for his arrest in connection with a robbery case.
After realizing that he was a suspect, Oliver attempted to defend his innocence through a series of Facebook comments on his own wanted photo, WTSP reports. In the comments, Oliver said that the charges against him were slander, and that he had been in a local hospital at the time of the robbery. Additionally, he claimed that he had been set up for the crime by “a crack head,” and that Pasco County would “be held responsible” for posting the wanted photo.
“You guys are going to pay for A. Believing a crack head. And B. Slandering my name [sic],” Oliver wrote on the Facebook post. “Pasco County has nothing but fools investigating crimes for them that’s why these mix up happen [sic].”
The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office stood by their claims, writing "Matthew Oliver if you would like to discuss your active warrant, please call the Fugitive Warrants Unit at 813-235-6064," on its Facebook page, WTSP reports. Rather than calling the number to clear his name, Oliver continued to comment on his wanted photo, claiming that he was hospitalized for two months after he was “cut during an MMA fight” in which he “got MRSA,” and thus couldn’t have committed the robbery.
Oliver’s comments were met with scorn by fellow Facebook users, one of whom stated that he’d “be on ‘World’s Dumbest Criminals’ in no time.” The 23-year-old continued to ignore Pasco County Sheriff’s Office request that he call police to clear his name, and was arrested on Friday, July 12, WTSP reports.
Tom Barrabi is a reporter for the International Business Times. He graduated from Fairfield University in 2011, and has also written for Men's Fitness, Complex, GuySpeed, and...