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Cops Catch a Fugitive When He Turned Up as the Bad Guy in a Low Budget Horror Movie

44-year-old Jason Strange of Olympia, Washington was sentenced to 10 years in prison for armed bank robbery back in 2006.  He got out on probation last year, but disappeared from his halfway house and he’s been a fugitive ever since. Fast forward to last week.  A low-budget horror movie called “Marla Mae” was shooting in Olympia and the local newspaper did a big story on it, including lots of photos. And, Jason was in those photos and identified by his full name in the captions.  Apparently he’d gotten himself cast as the bad guy in the horror movie, a producer says he, quote, “really nailed the audition.” But thanks to the article, the cops knew where to find Jason, and they arrested him just after the film wrapped when he left the set to buy some cigarettes. They let him return his costume to the producers before they took him to jail. Get more here.

2-State Chase Began Over Warrant for Stolen Underwear

Police say a man who led officers on a wild two-hour chase spanning two states had been facing charges of stealing $21 worth of underwear from a supermarket. Police records show 54-year-old Robert Ritter was accused of stealing a pack of underwear and a package of T-shirts on July 9 from a supermarket in Brooklawn, New Jersey. Authorities say he also shoved a security officer. He also faces stalking charges in Gloucester Township, New Jersey. Ritter had two warrants out for his arrest, and police spotted his van Monday night. Ritter drove into Philadelphia, back into New Jersey, and then back into Philadelphia. The pursuit ended in Philadelphia when a police car bumped the van, causing it to flip over. Get more here.

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