If you have a warrant out for your arrest and are trying to avoid law enforcement, you definitely should not answer a question for a newspaper’s opinion column and agree to allow the paper to run your photograph. Jacob Close, a 25-year-old Bloomsburg (Penn.) University student, learned that the hard way over the weekend.
Close offered his opinion about a question related to the Washington Redskins name debate in the Bloomsburg Press Enterprise on June 30. He gave the following sarcastic thought in the publication’s weekly “Your Opinion” feature.
“I think they should keep the same name, but change the mascot to a potato.”
Close’s answer was pretty clever, but he should have saved some of that wit to help keep him out of jail. As it turns out, police have been looking for Close after he jumped bail in a drug and drunken driving case in Ithaca, New York years ago. Ithaca City Police were notified of his warrant in late May and had been looking for him for over a month.
After seeing Close’s photo in the Press Enterprise, a campus police officer staked out his car and arrested him at the student recreation center on Sunday. Close is now being held on $25,000 bail.
Aren’t dumb criminals the best?
H/T Jim Romenesko