Cops Arrest Wanted Ex-Con After He Posts "Ice Bucket Challenge" Video To Facebook
A convicted felon being sought for violating parole was arrested after he posted an "Ice Bucket Challenge" video to Facebook, where it was spotted by a tipster who alerted Nebraska cops to the ex-con’s whereabouts.
Jesean Morris was apprehended Friday by gang unit officers following up on information provided by a source who was aware that the 20-year-old Omaha resident was a wanted man (for absconding).
Morris, pictured at right, was sentenced to six years in state prison for two felony convictions--assault and use of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Morris, then 16, was arrested in April 2010 and charged as an adult for his role in a shootout that left two men wounded. He was released from custody in late-March on “discretionary parole,” according to state records.
After watching Morris’s "Ice Bucket Challenge" clip, the tipster contacted Omaha cops with an address where the video appeared to have just been recorded by Morris. During police surveillance of the property, investigators spotted Morris being driven away from the home.
The vehicle was later stopped by cops, who arrested Morris (who initially lied about his identity). Compounding matters, Morris also allegedly spit on one officer and damaged a patrol car.
In addition to the parole warrant, according to jail records, Morris was charged with assaulting an officer with bodily fluid, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, and criminal impersonation.
Since Morris is locked up in the Douglas County jail in lieu of $40,000 bond, it is unclear whether he will be able to fulfill any pledge made to the ALS Association, which hatched the "Ice Bucket Challenge" as a way to raise money for the fight against “Lou Gehrig's disease.”
Morris’s Facebook acquaintances were displeased to learn of the circumstances of his arrest. “Fb the police all the way,” groused one man, while another commenter noted, “Thats fucked up they straight snitched on his ass.”