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Crafty cops use Facebook 'friend request' to nab suspect

The suspect was wanted for several robbery and sexual assault incidents

By PoliceOne Staff

NEW YORK — New York police created a false Facebook profile to lure a wanted man out of hiding — and it worked like a charm.

Kalief Jackson, 15, is suspected of committing at least two robberies and attempted rape, among other convictions, according to the New York Daily News.

Kalief Jackson (Photo courtesy Facebook)
Kalief Jackson (Photo courtesy Facebook)

Reports from women claiming they were mugged by a man threatening to kill them began to pile up, and descriptions of the suspect matched that of Jackson.

Officers decided to create a Facebook account using photos of an attractive woman in her 20’s to befriend Jackson and plan to meet him in public, according to the report.

“They have a dialogue, there’s a lot of back and forth, and flirting,” one source said. “But he’s also suspicious and at one point he says, ‘If you are the police, you’re real good at this.’ ”

Jackson decided to meet his new ‘friend’ anyway, and was arrested upon arrival in front of a high school.  

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