Facebook: the 21st Century wanted poster

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By Patrick Yost


Utilizing Facebook, the Madison Police Department identified a robbery suspect within and hour of posting the suspect’s picture to the social media site.

According to Detective Wes. Thompson, soon after a cashier at Wal Mart had been robbed, the department was able to obtain a video surveillance image of the suspect, post it on Facebook and then receive several conformations of the man’s identity.

According to Madison Police Department reports, on Friday, Jan. 25 at 3:50 p.m. a cashier at the garden center alerted management that she had been robbed. The cashier said a white male wearing a red shirt and dark pants allowed other customers to go ahead of him before approaching the checkout line and placing a cell phone on the counter. The cell phone included a text message that read, reports state, “Open drawer, give me money, I have a gun.”

The cashier said she opened the register and picked up the money tray to hand the suspect the money and the man told her to “stay calm” and to hand him only the cash. The cashier gave him an undetermined amount of money.

The man then fled the store.

Around 6 p.m. that night, Thompson said, officers received the image from Wal Mart and posted it to the city of Madison Police Department’s Facebook page seeking help in identifying the suspect.

“It wasn’t long before he was recognized,” Thompson said.

On Monday, Jan. 28 authorities issued a robbery arrest warrant against Travis Quinn Holland, 27, Buckhead. Thompson said authorities are reaching out to Holland’s friends and to try and convince him to turn himself in to authorities. 

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