Google Yourself? Go To Jail.

Oh, to Google yourself. “Egosurfing” is something that millions do each year (certainly women I date do), but in an new twist, a San Leandro, California man found himself in a most unwanted place….Northern California’s “Most Wanted” website.

Google Yourself? Go To Jail.

Christopher Viatafa was, presumably bored, and decided to have a look for his unique name, what came next must certainly have been a shock to the perp. Viatafa, plain as day, saw his image/wanted poster in connection with a local shooting. On August 8th, 2013, Viatafa attended a private party at the San Leandro Senior Center.

What happened?

Following an argument, Viatafa allegedly pulled out a handgun and fired a number of rounds near the feet of those he was arguing with at the party. While he was ultimately steered away from the event, the 27 year-old did fire off a number of additional rounds at nobody in particular.

Since the incident, Viatafa has been sought for questioning as a result of “allegedly discharging a firearm toward an inhabited dwelling.” Now, having found himself on the website it should be noted that Viatafa did immediately turn himself in where he was promptly arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

No word was given if Viatafa Googled a lawyer prior to turning himself in but it was his Googling that saw him into handcuffs.

“That is why he turned himself in,” police said.

The site

The website that Viatafa apprehended himself with was launched in December by the U.S. Marshals Service, FBI and Northern California Regional Intelligence Center.

Apparently, it’s quite easy to get your man when he is stoking his ego with a Google search. No word as to whether or not this has helped law enforcement or simply the vain in order to assist police. Viatafa’s profile was changed to read “captured” on the website that held his likeness.




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Brendan Byrne
While studying economics, Brendan found himself comfortably falling down the rabbit hole of restaurant work, ultimately opening a consulting business and working as a private wine buyer. On a whim, he moved to China, and in his first week following a triumphant pub quiz victory, he found himself bleeding on the floor based on his arrogance. The same man who put him there offered him a job lecturing for the University of Wales in various sister universities throughout the Middle Kingdom. While primarily lecturing in descriptive and comparative statistics, Brendan simultaneously earned an Msc in Banking and International Finance from the University of Wales-Bangor. He's presently doing something he hates, respecting French people. Well, two, his wife and her mother in the lovely town of Antigua, Guatemala. To contact Brendan or give him an exclusive, please contact him at theflask@gmail.com