• Facebook post leads to arrest

    Date: 11.01.10 | by Judge Tom.

    Dubbed the “Where’s Waldo Bandit,” Ryan Homsley was arrested in September, 2010 in Oregon for a recent bank robbery.  Dressed in a striped shirt. Ryan walked into a bank and threatened to blow up a box he said had a bomb in it.  He collected the cash and quickly left.

    Ryan’s brother, Noah, is a local DJ.  He went on the air and begged Ryan to turn himself in. He explained that Ryan had a drug problem and needed money for his medical bills.

    Ryan took responsibility for the bank job by writing on Facebook his admission  “I’m a bank robber now” and included a link to a news story about the hold-up. A few days later he was arrested.

    Ryan Homsley

    What do you think prompts a person to tell the world they just committed a crime?  Is it attention, bragging, a desire to be caught, or a serious lack of understanding of the Internet?  This is not a new phenomenon of the digital world. It’s just easier now to tell more people about your behavior.  Criminals are well-known to brag about their exploits – in jail, and to friends and lovers.  The Internet is a tremendous resource but keep in mind, it never forgets and is here to stay.  “Think B4 U Click.”

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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    • Askthejudge.info
      Mon, 01 Nov 2010 at 04:55

      Bank robber's admission to the crime on Facebook leads to his arrest. http://fb.me/N7jtfmoM

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