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Police really "like" Facebook post that led to arrest

FREELAND, Pa. - Police in the northeastern Pennsylvania town of Freeland give an ultra-enthusiastic thumbs-up to a recent post on Facebook.

Officers arrested 35-year-old Anthony Lescowitch on Monday night, less than two hours after he shared a wanted photo of himself and taunted police for not being able to find him, the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader  reported Tuesday.

Lescowitch, who was being sought on assault-related charges, shared the wanted bulletin minutes after Freeland police posted it on the department's own Facebook page, authorities said.

After that, an officer pretending to be an attractive woman then messaged Lescowitch, according to police. The suspect refused the offer of a drink but eventually agreed to meet for a cigarette, and after he arrived at the agreed-upon location. police arrested him.

Whereupon they posted this Facebook message:

"CAPTURED!!!!!! SHARES OUR STATUS ON FACEBOOK ABOUT HIMSELF, CAPTURED 45 MINUTES LATER."

Lescowitch, of Drifton, remained in the Luzerne County Jail Tuesday. Court records show he faces a preliminary hearing Jan. 29 on charges including aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident last July.

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