Man discovers wanted status after Googling himself and surrenders

Viatafa says he only knew about his "wanted status" after Googling his name.

When people Google themselves, they will probably discover a bunch of Facebook profiles belonging to people with identical names, various LinkedIn profiles, endless White Pages directories or embarrassing Myspace photos uploaded from forever ago which seem impossible to remove.

A Californian man who Googled his name was in the shock of his life after discovering he was in fact one of the state's most wanted men.

According to authorities, Christopher Viatafa found a mug shot of himself on a “most wanted website” after he was connected with a shooting in San Leandro on August 8.

SFGate reports the man fired his handgun into the ground during a heated argument at a party. According to authorities, Viatafa fired more shots before being forced out of the location. Fortunately, no one was injured in the altercation.

Only after a Google search did the 27-year old realise he was one of Northern California’s most wanted men. A website maintained by the Northern California Regional Intelligence Centre, wanted him for allegedly discharging a firearm toward an uninhabited building. The man has since been listed as a “captured fugitive” after handing himself in.

Northern California’s Most Wanted was launched in December by the F.B.I and the U.S. Marshals Service and has seen recent success in capturing wanted fugitives. 

Source: SFGate | Screenshot via Northern California's Most Wanted

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Far too many brown faces on that list... And recent publicity around recent trials indicate that it's more to do with low tolerance of black crime than it is with black people doing more crime...

I mean, this guy is another example. He fired into the ground - stupid thing to do, but not the same as "discharging a firearm toward an inhabited dwelling". Not at all.

Im sure he only turned himself in because since it was public knowledge, he would probably have gotten turned in by someone else, and he decided to turn himself in on his own terms, rather than the cops raid his residence...

Whats sad is that a man was wanted for over 7 months and didn't even know it, was making no attempt to hide, and yet wasn't found by detectives...

Clearly someone needs to make a CSI show for california... lol

Being on a most wanted list, and actually being a priority for the Police to find are not always the same thing. Thankfully they focus their attention on people who have committed violent crimes, even if every now and then those that haven't make the list..

lol. my condolence.

usually when i googled myself, i found a bunch of same-named idiots whose (according to their social networking profiles) living a much more miserable and less meaningful lives than me. and that made me feel good.

Albert said,
lol. my condolence.

usually when i googled myself, i found a bunch of same-named idiots whose (according to their social networking profiles) living a much more miserable and less meaningful lives than me. and that made me feel good.

Dude you are pathetic if the way you feel better finding out other people are more miserable than you. I am sure you have a blast looking at photos in Africa.

Albert said,
lol. my condolence.

usually when i googled myself, i found a bunch of same-named idiots whose (according to their social networking profiles) living a much more miserable and less meaningful lives than me. and that made me feel good.

peoples misery makes you feel good? hmm.

nickcruz said,

Dude you are pathetic if the way you feel better finding out other people are more miserable than you. I am sure you have a blast looking at photos in Africa.

Hahahaha

nickcruz said,

Dude you are pathetic if the way you feel better finding out other people are more miserable than you. I am sure you have a blast looking at photos in Africa.

Yes, because everyone and everything in the entire continent of Africa is miserable. Absolutely no joyful photos at all.

Quikboy said,

Yes, because everyone and everything in the entire continent of Africa is miserable. Absolutely no joyful photos at all.


There's no reason to go looking for faults in a sentence, if someone says pictures from poor people in africa with and without the word "poor" it's still meant in the same way when the context(discussion) shows the expected meaning of the sentence already.

Edited by Seahorsepip, Mar 16 2014, 7:37pm :

Seahorsepip said,

There's no reason to go looking for faults in a sentence.

Exactly. Albert probably meant "made me feel lucky," and nuckcruz misinterpreted at something more sinister.

Not all poor people are miserable, by the way. If you have a family, friends, and honest, rewarding work, you can be happy. A lot of middle class people in the US are miserable because all they deal with is stressful jobs and ###### people who make their lives worse.

brianshapiro said,

Exactly. Albert probably meant "made me feel lucky," and nuckcruz misinterpreted at something more sinister.

Not all poor people are miserable, by the way. If you have a family, friends, and honest, rewarding work, you can be happy. A lot of middle class people in the US are miserable because all they deal with is stressful jobs and ###### people who make their lives worse.


With poor I meant very poor in the way like they can't afford their daily meal, that type of sad poor. We can continue like this forever interpreting every word in a different way hahaha

Edited by Seahorsepip, Mar 17 2014, 8:39pm :

Nice use of "captured" implying the cops actively sought him and took him down reality TV style. "Surrendered" would be better as that still lets people think LEOs actually did anything.

So,
Why don't the cops use that website to look up criminals and then follow that up by looking up their addresses, if that website doesn't already have that?

I'll tell you why. Their to busy stuffing their faces at Dunkin' Donuts!!

The guy was a most wanted for shooting at the ground and an empty building? WTF?

I think it's more to do with the fact that a lot of police officers are lazy ####s. So instead of actually doing the job they are paid to do, they'd rather have the public to do it for them (eg. snitching)

oh, and the donut thing too.

cork1958 said,
So,
The guy was a most wanted for shooting at the ground and an empty building? WTF?

Yeah that making yourself most wanted is actually quite crazy...
If people injure other people I can understand why you might end up on that list but for intimidation and shooting at the ground... Ok it's not a good thing to do and it's a crime. But there is a difference between this and blowing up a building or such.

Two issues.. one you can't just have people shooting guns off inside Towns and suburbs.. You're just asking for issues.

Second, it being empty, and him knowing for an absolute fact that it's empty are not the same thing.. What if someone was in there he wasn't aware of? It would go from not a crime, to murder.. No.. How about we all just put the guns away and stop behaving like lunatics.

Want the guns to defend yourself? Fine, quit acting insane with them in the mean time.. Or was the empty house about to attack him?

Actually, the wanted poster in this story says "inhabited" dwelling, which makes more sense.

Ryoken said,
Second, it being empty, and him knowing for an absolute fact that it's empty are not the same thing.. What if someone was in there he wasn't aware of? It would go from not a crime, to murder.. No.. How about we all just put the guns away and stop behaving like lunatics.

cork1958 said,
So,
Why don't the cops use that website to look up criminals and then follow that up by looking up their addresses, if that website doesn't already have that?

I'll tell you why. Their to busy stuffing their faces at Dunkin' Donuts!!

The guy was a most wanted for shooting at the ground and an empty building? WTF?

This is the grammar cop! Hands on your head and don't move! The word is "they're" not "Their".

Krome said,
This is the grammar cop! Hands on your head and don't move! The word is "they're" not "Their".
But you missed his "to" that should have been a "too" a mere one word over?