Social media has changed the way that we communicate and interact with the world. Specifically, many Pennsylvania residents feel as though an event has not truly taken place until it has been digitally documented and uploaded for the world to see. For one man, this urge to share virtually every aspect of his life has led to serious criminal charges.
Authorities arrested the 33-year-old Penn Hills man on suspicion of involvement in multiple robberies. He stands accused of robbing four gas stations and three video stores in the Pittsburgh area. His arrest was partially based on a "selfie" taken by the man in which he is wearing a jacket similar to one worn by an individual who shot a store employee in the shoulder during a robbery.
The man recently waived his right to a detention hearing. As a result, he will remain in custody until his trial date. He has retained an attorney to represent him in the matter, and who recently issued a statement that the prosecution has arrested the wrong man in the case.
The Pennsylvania man is now facing multiple robbery charges, as well as criminal charges of firing a weapon during a violent crime and illegal possession of a firearm. As the case moves forward, additional information may become available. As of the time of this report, it is unclear if the authorities have any evidence connecting the man to those crimes other than a digital self portrait in which he is wearing a jacket that matches one worn during the commission of a crime.
Source: lancasteronline.com, "'Selfie' robbery suspect waives federal detention hearing", Joe Mandak, June 18, 2015