A Florida woman on the run from police was arrested Tuesday after she posted a Facebook Live video of herself at a Chuck E. Cheese, reports WTSP.
Markesha Wilkerson, 18, had active warrants out for her arrest when she filmed the live streamed video of herself posing next to the franchise’s mascot. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office saw the video and immediately contacted the Lakeland Police Department.
Officers were dispatched to her location, and Wilkerson was arrested for violation of probation and failure to appear.
Sheriff Grady Judd made a statement saying that it was Wilkerson’s actions that got herself caught.
“Stupid criminals are really appreciated. We highly recommend that when we’re out looking for you that you immediately post all of your information that you can on Facebook, Instagram, tweet it out, however you want, because that helps us.”
The sheriff’s office reportedly said that the 18-year-old has 12 other juvenile charges under belt.
As Crime Online recently reported, Facebook Live has been used numerous times by criminals, and even victims, in the recent past. A drive-by shooting that ended up in a toddler’s death, more than one suicide, and an attack on a disabled man are just a few of these horrific videos.
Because of this recent influx, the social media platform is planning to undergo changes, according to CornwallLive.
The site reported that Justin Osofsky, vice president of Facebook, made a statement saying that the company needs to take more action. The statement comes after a man recorded himself on Facebook Live murdering an elderly man.
“As a result of this terrible series of events, we are reviewing our reporting flows to be sure people can report videos and other material that violates our standards as easily and quickly as possible… we know we need to do better.”
As a result of these changes, criminals like Wilkerson can be reported to authorities quicker and easier than before.
[Feature Photo: Lakeland Police Department]