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Old 03-17-2014, 05:11 PM
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Wanted Man Turns Himself In After Finding Mugshot On Google

Hey, when you're beat, you're beat.

A California man who allegedly fired shots at a party last summer turned himself in to police after he searched for his name on Google and discovered that he was one of the state's most wanted fugitives.

At the time, the top search result for his name was the law enforcement site Northern California Most Wanted.

Christopher Viatafa, 27, surrendered to police last week.
Accused of doing wrong, authorities said Viatafa then did what was right: He turned himself in to police.
Viatafa was wanted by San Leandro police on charges of discharging a firearm in an inhabited dwelling. He is accused of firing a gun into the ground following a confrontation at a party at the San Leandro Senior Center back in August. No one was hurt in the incident, according to SFGate.

Although the incident allegedly occurred in August, his mugshot didn't go live until December, when it appeared on Northern California Most Wanted, a website launched by the U.S. Marshals Service, FBI and Northern California Regional Intelligence Center.

(Link: http://www.northerncaliforniamostwanted.org/ )

"Although it wasn't good judgment that landed him on the website, he did used good judgment to turn himself in after seeing his photo," San Leandro, Calif., Police said in a statement obtained by ABC News.

Other fugitives in positions similar to Viatafa's haven't exercised the best judgment.

Last November, Nicholas Edmond, who went by the handle "Sin Demon," was arrested after making a very public stink on the Facebook page of a New Hampshire news station that posted his mugshot. Edmond, who was wanted for violating parole related to a firearms charge, was arrested shortly after posting a tirade on WMUR's Facebook page.


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Old 03-17-2014, 08:03 PM
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Re: Wanted Man Turns Himself In After Finding Mugshot On Google

I read this on Yahoo earlier. I can't believe the amount of people who are commenting that they don't think he should be punished. It's like they don't realize how many people could have been killed.

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Re: Wanted Man Turns Himself In After Finding Mugshot On Google

Yeah but it sounds like he was trying to stop something kicking off. If that's the case then it was just a misguided and foolish act. If he did it to scare someone then throw the book at him.

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Old 03-18-2014, 07:52 AM
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Re: Wanted Man Turns Himself In After Finding Mugshot On Google

Did the right thing. The stress of his actions probably were immense so just turning himself in and dealing with the consequences may have been easier to cope with. He'd know he'd be being looked for and as said above, maybe he was trying to diffuse a situation.

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Re: Wanted Man Turns Himself In After Finding Mugshot On Google

He'll probably get cut a break.

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Re: Wanted Man Turns Himself In After Finding Mugshot On Google

I knew someone in high school who got shot in the foot by someone shooting at the ground

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