Fugitive caught after joking to local newspaper about Redskins name
JUL 08, 2014 9:46a ET
A 25-year-old student who spent one month on the run after jumping bail in New York on drug and drunk driving charges got caught by police after his name and photo surfaced in a local newspaper with a quip about the Redskins team name controversy.
According to a CBS DC report, Jacob Close, when approached by a reporter for the Enterprise Press in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, where he attends school, said he didn't see anything wrong with the team's name and joked, "I think they should keep the same name, but change the mascot to a potato."
Apparently Close thought the joke was amusing and wanted credit, so he agreed to let the paper print his name and photo along with it.
Turns out police read newspapers too; they found him at Bloomsburg University's recreation center. I don't know how he planned to continue attending school while on the lam, but we're talking about a guy who put his photo in the papers while hiding from police.
Anyhow, Close is back in custody, where he'll have plenty of time to mull all sorts of things like the justice system and NFL mascots.