Social Media FAIL! SoCar Cyber-Stalker / Cyber-Harasser Arrested after Posting his Location on Facebook
Meet 38 y/o Gregory ‘Ty’ Austin of South Carolina. That’s his mug shot below.
Ty was wanted for harassing a 28 y/o woman via sending her a barrage 284 of text messages that were a mixture of pornography and marriage proposals over a three (3) day period, and he was arrested on Monday, August 24th, 2015 for felony harassment after challenging police to come get him in a Facebook post that revealed his location at Pearlz Oyster Bar in Charleston.
Ty was aware the cops were after him because the Charleston Police Department had issued a press release (which you can read by clicking here) that they were seeking his apprehension. They name and describe him and his car, and even posted a pic, but he may have been difficult for the civilian eye to identify as he was hanging at Pearlz and donning a hoodie (in Summertime… genius)…
In the interim, Ty chose to taunt his posse by posting a challenge to the Charleston Police on his Facebook page, along with the location of the restaurant that he was in: “There is a detective in Charleston county name Detective Broadwater..please notify him and say I’m at Pearlz in West Ashley… Come get me bO!!! I’m waiting for ya kid!!!”
It didn’t take long for the cops to get to Pearlz and arrest Ty (who, coincidentally, had previously been arrested and charged with felony harassment less than a year ago in November 2014.” Ty also posted the following to Facebook: “If anyone knows a good defense attorney… Please contact me at 336-209-3231. There is a Warrent for my arrest… and my current attorney is asking alot… I need a call asap. I’m an innocent man to a certain extent… and need a good defense attorney from the injustice that rise against. call me. No pming”.
Memo to Austin: I am a defense attorney (and, not to toot my own horn, but I’m a “good” one) and, without bashing you any further for having foolishly taunted the cops and in so doing identifying your location, I can offer a little commentary on your longer winded post: 1) Warrant is spelled with an “a” at the end, not with at “e” and there is a space in between “a” and “lot”; (yes, apparently I am the…)
Memo to Austin continued: 2) In regard to legal fees, and like pretty much anything else in life, a) you generally get what you pay for and b) your unique facts and circumstances directly correlate to fee quotes (if you face felony prosecution for electronic harassment for sending almost 100 porn and marriage proposal texts per day for three (3) days to a woman who is none too happy about it, and especially if your were prosecuted on the very same charge less than a year earlier then your case will carry added weight for any lawyer who takes up your cause); 3) It’s fine and dandy to proclaim your innocence (not that I would recommend it, but even in writing) but what is not cool, what is in fact “bad” is to qualify your innocence by adding “to a certain extent” (as is the case with being pregnant, you either are or you are not); 4) you do need a good defense attorney, but, also…
Memo to Austin continued: 5) It is time to start thinking “mitigation”. In that regard, my advise is that you should get yourself into therapy, yesterday. To the objective eye you have a litany of issues, but serious judgment and boundary issues top the list. Proof that you have embarked on seriously, and voluntarily, addressing your failings will almost certainly help you with the Court, if not the prosecution.
Memo to Austin continued: 6) Down here in reality on Earth there are no “injustices that rise against [you]”. You made your bed and you compounded it a) with each demented text message and b) with your Facebook posts. 7) Lose the electronics, all of them. No more texting, sexting, posting, emailing… you need to throw yourself back to the 1900’s (at least pre-1980… feel free to use a rotary phone or an LP player) until you master your serious judgment and boundary issues. 8) I know that I am old, but wtf does “No pming” mean?
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