Ear Hustle

Wanted Omaha Man Arrested After Posting Video Of Him Completing The Ice Bucket Challenge

Jesean Morris

Call him the benevolent fugitive.

To stay off law enforcement’s radar, Jesean Morris may have wanted to avoid a fundraising effort that has rocked the online world. Perhaps the 20-year-old Omaha man should have just made a donation and left the ice in the bucket.

Instead, Morris — wanted for violating terms of his parole — posted to Facebook a video of his try at the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a fundraiser in which people pour a container of water and ice on their head in lieu of making a donation. Many participants do both.

The video ended Morris’ time on the lam.

His misstep is the latest example of online postings leading to the undoing of someone wanted by police.

The video led someone to identify the house, near 33rd and U Streets, where Morris’ taped his challenge. The person, who knew Morris had an outstanding warrant, contacted police.

“They were given a specific house” by the tipster, said Officer Kevin Wiese, a police spokesman.

Gang unit officers Nick Sidzyik and Dan Martin were sent to try to find him. They watched for Morris outside the house about 3 p.m. Friday and saw him climb into the back seat of a Chrysler PT Cruiser.

The officers followed the vehicle out of the neighborhood and stopped it at the Q Street on-ramp to the Kennedy Freeway.

Morris was apparently not thrilled to be hauled in.

Police allege he gave the officers a false name and birth date, then kicked out a safety partition in the cruiser. He also spit in Martin’s face, according to police. He was booked into jail on the warrant and on suspicion of criminal impersonation, resisting arrest and assaulting an officer.

Morris has been on parole since March, when he was released from the Omaha Correctional Center. He was serving a sentence on a 2010 conviction for attempted second-degree assault using a firearm.

Source: Omaha


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