A picture of a man who hid on a roof while police officers were searching the house for him has gone viral.
Domestic abuse suspect Edward Martin crawled on the roof of the home at 600 block of Lafayette Avenue NE in Grand Rapids, Michigan, while police officers were going through the house looking for him on July 31, according to MLive.
Someone took the picture of police officers fruitlessly searching for suspect from across the street and shared it online to Imgur.
1. Officers seem to be fruitlessly searching for the suspect, unaware that he lurks right above them. The picture, taken from across the street, quickly went viral.
The photo has now been viewed an incredible 3 million times on Imgur, after it was uploaded by a user who goes by the handle Richdakilla. He wrote along the photo:
They’ve been looking for him for 10 minutes.
The image immediately went viral. Someone commented on MLive:
While domestic violence isn’t funny — that picture sure is.
Someone else wrote on Imgur:
Oh, [Grand Rapids] police, you never cease to amaze me.
The image was also shared on Reddit, where it quickly generated over 1,000 comments. One Redditor commented:
He’s looking at you like ‘don’t you f***ing rat me out.
2. Edward Martin (pictured) tried to avoid police by climbing on the roof of his house.
While the image seems to show officers unable to locate the suspect while he hides directly above them on the roof, Grand Rapids Police Department defended itself by noting that cops had formed a perimeter around the house and did eventually saw the suspect on the roof.
According to police, the man is Edward Martin, 25. He was ordered off the roof and arrested on domestic dispute charges.
Grand Rapids Police Sgt. Terry Dixon said that he at least hoped that whoever took the photograph was the one who called them and didn’t just take a picture.
Martin is scheduled to appear in court on August 10.
3. The house in Grand Rapids, Michigan, without the suspect perched on the roof (below).
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