The entire matter began when the Butler County Sheriff’s Office posted an alert on its official Facebook page about 21-year-old Andrew Marcum. According to police, Andrew was wanted on several outstanding warrants related to assault, abduction, and armed robbery.
Ordinarily, one would assume that a person intent on staying out of the hands of law enforcement would keep a low profile. Instead of staying off the internet, Marcum instead took it upon himself to go directly to Butler County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page and respond.
“I ain’t tripping half of them don’t even know me.”
The Sheriff’s Office account responded with the request that Andrew turn himself in.
“If you could stop by the Sheriff’s Office, that’d be great.”
From that moment on, social media members were treated to a flame war between law enforcement officials and a wanted man. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones even posted a picture on Twitter of the empty jail cell that was waiting for Andrew Marcum.
Hey Andrew Marcum we've got your room ready… pic.twitter.com/iYkANLD9hZ
— Richard K. Jones (@butlersheriff) March 3, 2015
Marcum continued taunting Butler County officials on social media, but what he didn’t know was that his antics only brought him closer and closer to a jail cell. Jones theorized that the reason Andrew was so visible on Facebook and other sites was because he liked the attention. Unfortunately for Andrew Marcum, that attention made it easier for police to hone in on his whereabouts.
Less than 24 hours after Marcum made the decision to troll the county sheriff’s office, he was in police custody.
“[Andrew Marcum] will be off Facebook temporarily because there is no social media access in the Butler County Jail. He’s turned himself in.”
If finally nabbing a wanted man and internet troll weren’t enough, Andrew proved to be the gift that kept on giving. Andrew looked far from smug in the mugshot that the Butler County Sheriff’s Office posted to the internet. It was clear to all that he had been crying. One would almost feel sorry for Marcum if the outcome weren’t ultimately the result of a series of poor decisions.
— HLN (@HLNTV) March 5, 2015
This former wanted man helped teach the public a powerful lesson about trolling on social media: If you have several outstanding warrants for your arrest, it’s probably not the best idea in the world to taunt the very people who are looking for you.
It’s a lesson Andrew Marcum has learned the hard way, and he’s got the viral mug shot to prove it.
[Image Credit: Butler County Sheriff’s Office]