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Man Googling Himself Finds Warrant, Turns Himself In

Man Googling Himself Finds Warrant, Turns Himself In
File this one under all-time backfires.

ANCHOR: "A California man is in jail after apparently Googling his name and finding out he was on the most wanted website. The 27-year-old looked himself up on Google and saw his mugshot on the website."(Via WFTS)

ANCHOR: "Some people say we're on an ego trip when we do this. Here's one ego trip that went bad. That's Christopher Viatafa. He actually turned himself in." (Via MSNBC)

So give the guy some credit. When he saw his mug, he didn't run from the problem.

Local media outlets like the San Jose Mercury News report police in San Leandro had a warrant out for Viatafa's arrest after they say he fired a gun into the ground several times during a party back in August. The shots didn't hit anyone.

So when he found his name and mugshot posted on the San Francisco Bay Area website NorthernCaliforniaMostWanted.org, he turned himself from wanted fugitive into captured fugitive.

A statement released by San Leandro Police Friday to ABC read, "Although it wasn't good judgment that landed him on the website, he did use good judgment to turn himself in after seeing his photo."

Viatafa was wanted for discharging a firearm toward an inhabited dwelling. KTVU in San Francisco reports the most wanted website where he saw himself has only been up since December.

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Barry Pearson March 17 2014 at 7:24 PM

We should all spend some time searching sites for pictured criminals and then,
if we recognize them simply turn them into the Police. Let's get "Low Life" off
of the streets of America ASAP!

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jktkw March 17 2014 at 11:35 AM


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ppllaanntt March 17 2014 at 12:16 PM

He shot a gun into the ground 3 times?!! That put him on the most wanted list? Wow.Strange world we live in.

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dixielatino ppllaanntt March 17 2014 at 12:38 PM

Maybe he didn't have a permit to carry , and in most states discharging a firearm may be illegal without a cause .

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ohioh111b111y ppllaanntt March 17 2014 at 1:03 PM

ppll: don't we have a woman in Florida in jail for firing a shot into the air? (that's the story, but Im sure its not the truth.... just like this guys story aint true and innocent)

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Cheryl March 17 2014 at 11:20 AM

"backfire"?? How stupid. You should search your name once in awhile for your own security. Job sites say to do it as well to make sure what is or is not out there about you. It makes the police look stupid that they couldn't or didn't find the guy. Geeze.

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Curtis March 17 2014 at 12:00 PM

Oh Lord, Please tell Californians NOT to come to Texas.
This is quite normal outside the Major Metro Areas!
If this Law were active here half the State would be in Prison.
But, I have become more Eco Friendly and started using Bio Degradable ammo and I am feeding the dead snakes and rats to the Buzzards.

I'm sure he'll get life without parole on the West Coast. Should have just Murdered or raped someone. He'd be out in 9 months!

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DougNLilly Curtis March 17 2014 at 12:22 PM

In defense of California you have to realize we have leaders like Nancy Pelosi and Diane Fiestien and a liberal voting base of uninformed immigrants ( morons) and the state does mean well. ROFLMAO This state is like living in Russsia under Putin. I live and work here but I am still hoping that Californians and especially Republicans wake up.

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experimenttoo March 17 2014 at 11:48 AM

Most wanted! California must be the safest state in the union if that puts you on the most wanted list. Back east it would just be target practice. Good thing he didn't pee in the woods. He'd have hit the top ten.

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rreaction experimenttoo March 17 2014 at 12:01 PM

my thoughts exactly.

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z.sharp experimenttoo March 17 2014 at 12:24 PM

Here in the east they shoot in the air just for fourth of july.

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rihavila March 17 2014 at 10:37 AM

good thing is he did the right thing.
Get it taken care of or be haunted by it for the rest of his life

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Bill March 17 2014 at 10:36 AM

Interesting group on that San Francisco most-wanted site.

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Louiskingsr Bill March 17 2014 at 11:28 AM

Its america the land of the locked up.

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cobwebsweeper March 17 2014 at 10:28 AM

i would like to know what happened after he turned himself in..................should be let go............how in the hell do you get on the "most wanted" for what he did..........

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haletowntn March 17 2014 at 10:27 AM

Did he get a reward?

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