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Criminal suspect turns himself in after police ask nicely on Facebook

The Butler County Sheriff's Office requested, and he complied.


Michelle Jaworski


Published Mar 4, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 9:45 am CDT

Anything is possible if you ask nicely enough.

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The Butler County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) learned this recently when trying to track down Andrew Dale Marcum, a 21-year-old from Lemon Township, Ohio, who had multiple warrants for his arrest for crimes he committed in his hometown and nearby Hamilton and Middletown.

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The BCSO took to social media, as many offices do, to put out an alert on Marcum as the page’s featured warrant of the week. They asked the public for any relevant information that could lead to Marcum’s capture. Marcum’s recent crimes included burglary, abduction, assault, domestic violence, criminal endangering, and bench warrants.

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People commented with information on Marcum, while Sheriff Richard K. Jones taunted him on his own Twitter account.

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Marcum eventually commented on the post himself to call out the other commentators, leading the BCSO to ask him to turn himself in.

This isn’t a rare occurrence, and as the page noted, even if he didn’t turn himself in, “it doesn’t hurt to ask.”

Amazingly, Marcum turned himself in to police around 12 hours later. With Marcum in custody, the BCSO posted an update saying that Marcum would “be off Facebook temporarily, because there is no social media access in the Butler County Jail.”

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H/T 10TV | Photo via Keith Allison/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Mar 4, 2015, 10:41 am CST