Guy Googles Himself, Learns He's 'Most Wanted'
That probably wasn't the search result Christopher Viatafa was hoping for
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2014 12:07 PM CDT
Christopher Viatafa's Google search had surprising results.   (AP Photo/Google Inc.)

(Newser) – A California man who decided to Google himself got a very big surprise—a surprise that landed him in jail last week. Christopher Viatafa, 27, searched for his name online and discovered there was a warrant out for his arrest in connection with an August incident in which police say he fired a gun in public (including a few rounds fired "into the ground near the people") after getting into an argument at a party ... at a senior center. So an "alarmed" Viatafa turned himself in, ABC News reports.

Viatafa's Googling led to him discovering his mugshot was on the Northern California's Most Wanted website. "Although it wasn't good judgment that landed him on the website, he did use good judgment to turn himself in after seeing his photo," San Leandro police said in a statement. He's now charged with assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly firing toward an inhabited building. No one was injured in the August incident, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. (Click for another weird crime story, this one involving a New York McDonald's.)

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C Love
Mar 21, 2014 3:03 PM CDT
It happens. But employer searches need to be thorough. One time I was applying for a job and spent almost 2 hrs talking wonderfully with the lady. She said I had the job and just needed to do the preliminary paper work. After two days of not hearing back I called her office and she wouldn't return my calls. After another 2 days, she finally answered her phone. I confronted her, politely, and ask why I hadn't heard from her. She told me after running my name I was "WANTED" by State and local police in Warren County for the distribution of 32 ounces of cocaine. I was shocked and almost in laughter. After denial and going through her collected information, come to find out the person wanted had the same name (conveniently with no middle name) but was much younger, with a different birth date. This also happened to my closest friend in regards to embezzlement. My friends was harder to clear up but he was successful also. SO BE WARNED CHECK YOUR NAME AND BE CLEAR ON WHO YOU ARE IN RELATION TO EMPLOYMENT AND CREDIT OR YOU MIGHT FIND YOURSELF PAYING THE PRICE FOR SOMEONE ELSE. PS - I got the job and became the best employee they had. The president of the company even pulled me aside and tried to maneuver me to special clients. I declined.
Mar 21, 2014 9:13 AM CDT
Newser paid AP for a Google screen grab?
Ezekiel 25:17
Mar 18, 2014 4:27 PM CDT
I don't know what the count is but its high. Its the amount of people who will file for a secure job and get arrested in the background check. I'm talking police, fire, FBI, security, etc. I guess some people believe those records go away, like latent fingerprints at a crime scene. You go in and get printed and it returns a print taken from a crime scene. Now that doesn't mean you are guilty but I have seen officers arrest a guy who applied to be an officer and he had an active warrant.