Friends star lookalike arrested in United Kingdom after manhunt goes viral

14 November, 2018, 05:45 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
  • An appeal for information on the suspect was first put up on the Blackpool police's Facebook page with a surveillance camera still of the man, who is the spitting image of Schwimmer

The surveillance-camera footage which shows a man carrying a carton of cans from a restaurant in Blackpool, northwest England, quickly went viral - much to the delight of Friends lovers.

Schwimmer wrote: "Officers, I swear it wasn't me". As you can see, I was in NY.

Following the widely-seen appeal, police announced that a 36-year-old man was arrested in Southall, west London, on Monday night on suspicion of theft. The Lancashire department made a special note of thanking Friends' actor David Schwimmer for his support.

Eventually the public appeal proved successful for Blackpool Police, who continued the joke while confirming the arrest on Twitter.

Authorities wanted to speak to him in relation to a theft at a Blackpool restaurant on the September 20.

After this hilarious incident, the police confirmed that the man in the picture was indeed not David and that he was in America when the theft happened.

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He added the hashtag "itwasntme" to the post.

Police, in their now-deleted original post, made clear that they didn't suspect the actor of any wrongdoing, but this didn't stop Schwimmer from having a little bit of fun last month.

The police shared his post on their page.

Another user said: 'So no one told you life was gonna be this way; Your job's a joke, you're broke; Your love life's DOA; It's like you're always stuck in second gear; And before you know it you're in SPAR stealing some beer'.

Police had reassured the public their investigation concluded Schwimmer had a solid alibi. "We're so sorry it has to be this way".

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