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Wanted Woman Turns Herself In Because Of Unflattering Facebook Mug Shot

| by Emily Smith

A wanted Ohio woman was so upset by an unflattering photo detectives used on Facebook to track her down that she demanded they move it, allowing law enforcement to locate and arrest her.

“This is a first for us,” Denise Alex-Bouzounis, Columbus Police Department’s public information officer, said. “She really didn’t want her face out there for everyone to see.”

According to Alex-Bouzounis, Monica Hargrove’s mug shot was posted to the department’s Facebook page as part of the “Warrant Wednesday” program, which allows Facebook users help authorities track down wanted individuals. The post included Hargrove’s name, mug shot and information about her crime.

Hargrove had offered an acquaintance a ride to the pharmacy, then robbed the woman by gunpoint and left her on the side of the road. The 34-year-old had been indicted in the case for aggravated robbery and kidnapping.

The Facebook post earned 64 shares and 54,000 page views, which apparently drew Hargrove’s attention.

“She contacted the detective listed on the Facebook posted and said, ‘Hey, I want my picture down,’” Alex-Bouzounis said. “[The detective] said, ‘Come on in and we’ll talk about it.'”

Hargrove obliged and, upon her arrival at the police station, was put directly under arrest.

Alex-Bouzounis noted that the department will continue with “Warrant Wednesday," which has continued to be successful since Hargrove’s arrest.

Sources: The Huffington Post