Pro-tip: If police are searching for you, maybe don’t tease them about it on Facebook.
Cops in Moses Lake, Wash. asked the public for help locating suspect Kayla Irizzary, 19, in a May 4 Facebook post.
The post said that they were looking for her after letting her go following a traffic stop in which she was a passenger. Not long after setting her free, they allegedly found her purse in the car — and found heroin and a pistol inside it.
A convicted felon, Irizzary is not allowed to own firearms, cops said.
The man who was driving when the car was stopped, convicted felon Giovanni Powell, 27, was arrested for driving with a suspended license and for allegedly carrying an unlawful firearm of his own.
“Officers are still attempting to re-locate Irizarry and arrest her on charges of felon in possession of a firearm and possession of heroin charges,” police stated. “If you see her, please let us know and we would be happy to take her back to jail again.”
Irizzary herself responded to the post with the comment, “Here’s a hint of where I’m at: Not in jail.”
The Moses Lake Police Department stepped up to the challenge.
“What social media giveth, social media taketh away: Woman who trolled MLPD back in custody,” they wrote after her arrest over the weekend.
Police said they used “covert investigative techniques,” to set up a meeting with Irizzary online and she took the bait. Irizzary was reportedly startled to see them Saturday morning.
“When she realized she had been set up, [she] made a run for it on foot,” the cops said. She was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of heroin. In their follow-up post, the department included an arrest picture that shows her with her arms behind her back, wearing socks with sandals. They ended their post with a few hashtags that some commenters found inappropriate, including #SocksAndSandals and #StayThereForAWhile.
[Photos: Moses Lake Police Department, Facebook]
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