Facebook solving crime

Posted: May 4, 2011 in Uncategorized, Washington, D.C.

To any teenager, the allure of Facebook stems from a desire for incessant social media interaction. However, recently in Washington DC, the detrimental nature of Facebook was seen in a new light.

“A 19-year-old Southeast D.C. man who posted a photograph of himself on the Facebook page of his burglary victim was sentenced to 44 months in prison,” DC police reported on Wednesday afternoon.

Downloaded from Facebook by Marc Fisher. (Downloaded from facebook)

“D.C. Superior Court judge Anthony C. Epstein sentenced Rodney Knight Jr. after he pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree burglary in February.

Police identified Knight as the robbery suspect weeks after Washington Post writer Marc Fisher detailed the robbery of his home in an article.”

Apparently the key break in the case occurred when Knight confidently posted a photo of himself and cash that he had taken from Fisher’s house, on Fisher’s son’s Facebook page.

“Prosecutors said Knight stole about $400 in cash, along with the coat and two laptop computers.

Knight was arrested on Jan. 2 after police observed him in an alley in the 2800 block of Dunbar St. SE clutching his waistband and running. The pistol was loaded with one round in the chamber and one in the magazine, according to court documents.”

However, despite the result of his arrest, the nature of his arrest was a result of a misuse of Facebook. This should serve to prove once again to the youth of the world – more than just your friends are on Facebook.

(http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/crime-scene/post/dc-burglar-who-posted-picture-on-facebook-sentenced/2011/05/04/AFoY4soF_blog.html)

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