Woman Arrested Thanks to 'Unflattering' Facebook Pic

Monica Hargrove asked Columbus police to take it off their Facebook page
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2014 8:14 AM CDT
Woman Arrested Thanks to 'Unflattering' Facebook Pic
The photo that bugged Monica Hargrove so much.   (Facebook / Columbus Division of Police)

Ahh, vanity: It gets us every time. A 34-year-old Ohio woman was hit with robbery, aggravated-robbery, and kidnapping charges all thanks, in part, to an unflattering Facebook photo. Monica Hargrove drove a friend to pick up a prescription on Aug. 30, only to allegedly pull a gun on her, rob her, and leave her on the side of the road. A warrant was issued for her arrest, and Columbus Police posted a mugshot of Hargrove—one taken in connection with a previous arrest—on its Facebook page as part of its Sept. 10 "Warrant Wednesday" post. A rep for the Columbus Police tells the Huffington Post that Hargrove called police within 48 hours of the posting, insisting that her photo be taken down. She apparently considered it an unattractive shot.

Police invited Hargrove to the station to talk about it; she actually showed up and was promptly arrested. Fox 28 notes Hargrove got the chance to take a new mugshot, and the Columbus Dispatch reports that she ultimately "got her way": The offending photo, which racked up more than 50,000 views, was taken down from the department's feed. Kind of. You can still see it here, and the Columbus Division of Police page shared a link to the Huffington Post story 16 hours ago with the infamous picture featured as well. Reads its post: "Looks like CPD & suspect Monica Hargrove are getting some national attention. The [mugshot] she wanted taken off CPD Facebook is now seen around the US and beyond!" (This, however, may be the best mugshot of all time.)

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