Man Sends Cops Selfie to Replace 'Terrible' Mugshot

'We thank him for being helpful'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2016 11:59 AM CST
Man Sends Cops Selfie to Replace 'Terrible' Mugshot
A wanted suspect didn't like the mugshot police were circulating so he sent them a replacement.   (Lima Police Department)

A wanted suspect—apparently embarrassed by the mugshot being circulated by Ohio police—sent them a selfie to replace it, the Palm Beach Post reports. Donald Pugh texted the new pic to police along with the message: "Here is a better photo that one is terrible." "We thank him for being helpful, but now we would appreciate it if he would come speak to us at the LPD about his charges," the Lima Police Department posted on Facebook.

It turns out the police really do appreciate him sending the better photo, which is proving very popular online, Your News Now reports. "He's drawing more attention to himself, which is going to make it easier for us to locate him," Lt. Andy Green says. "Our hope at this point is that he will come to his senses and turn himself in and stop making this worse for himself." The last time Green spoke with Pugh, he claimed to be "out of state." According to the Post, Pugh is wanted for failing to appear in court in connection with arson, vandalism, and more. (Update: Pugh was arrested on Jan. 12 in Century, Fla., following a tip called in to police. See his new mug shot, along with this note from the local PD: "Maybe that selfie helped people identify you better? ?#‎ thanksfortheselfie?")

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