Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Pa. man arrested after posting own 'wanted' bulletin to Facebook

A Pennsylvania fugitive has been arrested following a social media overshare.

The Freeland Police Department Monday night posted to their official Facebook page a photo of Anthony James Lescowitch, 35, along with a bulletin stating he was wanted for aggravated assault.

Lescowitch several minutes later reposted the release to his own Facebook profile, commenting, “lol i f­--n love it A----E,” in an apparent taunt to law enforcement.

Freeland police got the last laugh, less than two hours later again posting Lescowitch's wanted photo, this time with the caption: "CAPTURED!!!!!! SHARES OUR STATUS ON FACEBOOK ABOUT HIMSELF, CAPTURED 45 MINUTES LATER"

After seeing Lescowitch’s brazen boast, undercover officers used a fake Facebook profile purporting to belong to an attractive women and engaged Lescowitch in virtual conversation, according to The Times Leader. Though the foolish fugitive declined to meet the “woman” for a drink, he allegedly agreed to come out and have a cigarette.

Lescowitch was arrested after cops swarmed the spot where he'd arranged a rendezvous with his fictitious friend. 

Lescowitch was arraigned Tuesday and charged with disorderly conduct, aggravated assault, harassment, reckless endangerment, theft and criminal mischief. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Prison after being unable to post 10 percent of $25,000 bail. Lescowitch is next due in court Jan. 29 for a preliminary hearing.

Contact Alex Wigglesworth at 215-854-2305 or awigglesworth@philly.com. Follow @phila_lex on Twitter.

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