An Escaped Inmate Contacted the Police on Facebook to Use a Better “Wanted” Mugshot

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If the headline makes you go “WTF”, don’t worry: the feeling is mutual.

With Facebook slowly becoming our new NRIC, and with some people using Facebook as their real identity instead of just an extension of them, it’s actually not surprising that something this surreal has happened.

In Sydney, Australia, 18-year-old Amy Sharp has been sent to Surry Hills Corrective Services Cell Complex, sort of like a prison that, according to NSW Government website, “delivers professional correctional services and programs to reduce re-offending and enhance community safety.”

She managed to escape the complex on 19 August 2016, and a television station, 7 News Sydney, posted her image on their Facebook Page to assist the police to widen their search.

And well, in the midst of many comments, Amy Sharp responded. No, she hasn’t found herself, nor has she decided to challenge the system.

Instead, she requested to use another photo in the mugshot instead.

Image: Facebook (7 News Sydney)
Image: Facebook (7 News Sydney)

Even the language she used is ridiculously interesting; she thanked them in advance and included an emoji. That comment itself garnered over 64,000 Likes.

Two days later, she was arrested. This was the update posted by the Facebook Page.

**UPDATE** Amy Sharp was arrested just after midnight. Found by police in Wentworth Park. Local police assisted by the Police Order & Riot Squad. Expected to be charged today.

Statement: Police have arrested a woman who allegedly escaped from the Surry Hills Corrective Services Cell Complex last week. Police had been searching for the 18-year-old woman since she escaped on Friday 19 August 2016. About 12.20am today (Saturday 27 August 2016), the woman was arrested in Wentworth Park by police from Leichhardt Local Area Command, assisted by officers from the Public Order and Riot Squad. She is being taken to Newtown Police Station where it is expected she will be charged.

There’s no mention of whether what she did on Facebook contributed to her arrest. But lest you’re wondering, a little stalking on her Facebook profile shows this sentence as her cover image: “I’m just a lil princess with anger issues.”

Guess she was just angry about the unpresentable mugshot.

Featured Image: Facebook (7 News Sydney)

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