Facebook post leads to arrest
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.
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.”