Police ‘like’ wanted Pa. suspect’s Facebook post
The police in northeastern Pennsylvania really “liked” a Facebook post.
Officers in Freeland arrested 35-year-old Anthony Lescowitch on Monday night, less than two hours after he shared a wanted photo of himself and taunted the police for not being able to find him, the (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader reported yesterday.
Lescowitch shared the wanted bulletin minutes after the Freeland police posted it on the department Facebook page Monday night, authorities said. He was being sought on assault-related charges.
An officer pretending to be an attractive woman then messaged Lescowitch, according to the police. Lescowitch refused the offer of a drink but eventually agreed to meet for a cigarette, and was arrested at the agreed-upon location.
After the arrest, the police posted this message: “CAPTURED!!!!!! SHARES OUR STATUS ON FACEBOOK ABOUT HIMSELF, CAPTURED 45 MINUTES LATER.”
Lescowitch, of Drifton, remained in jail yesterday. Court records don’t list a defense attorney for him, but show he faces a preliminary hearing Jan. 29 on charges including aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident July 14.