By Tom Knighton
If there’s one thing police pray for other than a safe shift, it’s probably dumb criminals. After all, they make the officers’ jobs so much easier.
Take, for example, Christopher Ricardo Gonzalez, and 18-year-old member of the Texas arm of the notorious Bloods gang. Despite his relatively young age, Gonzalez had made it onto the Texas Most Wanted list but was nowhere to be found in the Lonestar State. He was as free and clear as a gangbanger could be…
…until he had a dose of the stupid.
One of Texas’ 10 most wanted criminal suspects was taken into custody by Los Angeles police early Tuesday after he displayed video of an arsenal of weapons on Instagram that authorities used to track him to Woodlands Hills.
Christopher Ricardo Gonzalez, 18, a Texas gang member with a lengthy history of violent robberies, home invasions and alleged murder, was captured by the LAPD after Dallas police were able to track his position when he posted a video of himself on Instagram displaying a gun collection, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the arrest.
Los Angeles police said Gonzalez was taken into custody with the help of a police K-9 about 2 a.m near Serrania Avenue.
Detectives in Dallas provided the LAPD with GPS coordinates for the Instagram post and an LAPD fugitive team found a rented Chevrolet SUV connected to Gonzalez.
Unfortunately, only one of the firearms featured in the video has been recovered. Whether Gonzalez ever had possession of all of those weapons is very much in doubt, in my opinion, though police will likely continue to search just to be sure.
A witness to the capture actually praised police restraint.
Woodland Hills homeowner Todd Melnik watched the end of the chase and the subsequent arrests play out in his front yard and Click to see the original article