A man who replied on his own “wanted” post on the Christchurch Police Department Facebook page has been found and arrested. The New Zealand officials posted to the Facebook page looking for Samuel Evan Lake, as he had a warrant out for his arrest.
A Facebook user, Sam Lake, then commented on the wanted poster with, “I need to get a new mugshot.” Christchurch police replied to the comment with, “Come and see us and will arrange at no cost.”
Shortly after, Lake shot back with, “If only they were as good at finding me as they were with comebacks.”
Criminal responds to own wanted poster on Facebook, is caught by police hours later pic.twitter.com/CONwsjWGRu
— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) October 19, 2014
TVNZ states that Lake posted a Photoshopped version of the mugshot with Ben Stiller’s “Zoolander” replacing his own face.
The Facebook posts by both Lake and the police department received thousands of likes. The post has since been taken down from the page, however, Christchurch police posted, “Thanks to everyone for their help locating Mr. LAKE in Wellington tonight!”
Police haven’t confirmed if Lake’s Facebook account is authentic, TVNZ adds.