Cell Phone Reveals True Identity of Suspect

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Last updated April 12, 2019

A man who was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting from a Kmart store in Asheville in North Carolina in the United States and who gave a false name to police officers had his true identity revealed by his old cell phone and his Facebook page, exposing him as being wanted for attempted murder in another state, according to Asheville Police.

Officers were called out to the Kmart store on South Tunnel Road in East Asheville on Sunday evening at around 7:44 pm where loss prevention officers were detaining a shoplifting suspect.  The man was under suspicion of having attempted to steal no less than $250 worth of merchandise including Microsoft point cards, Xbox accessories and Gummy Bears.

The suspect supplied the police officers with false identification and told them that he came from Kingsport in Tennessee.  However, the man’s cell phone, which he had about his person, revealed the truth, linking up to his Facebook account that helpfully identified him as Christopher Scott Crawford.  Detectives then found out that Crawford is wanted for armed robbery, attempted murder and various probation violations in Howard County in Indiana.

After obtaining a fugitive warrant for the suspect, Crawford was then subsequently given additional charges including misdemeanor larceny, resisting/delaying/obstructing, possession of drug paraphernalia and being a felony fugitive, and his bond was set at no less than $1 million.