TODAY’S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .
Sarah Edwards, 23, a Florida woman who faked her own kidnapping to get a $150 ransom so she could buy drugs.
The caper started when one of Edwards’ friends got a call from a man who said a group of drug dealers had kidnapped her and demanded $150 in ransom.
The woman could hear Edwards screaming in the background so she called police, who set up an exchange in a nearby Walmart parking lot.
After the woman handed money to the drug dealer, police swooped in and arrested the man.
Edwards later admitted to police that the whole thing was a ruse.
AND THEN THERE’S …..
William Thomas Hardaway, 34, a Palm Beach, Florida man who was arrested after he sent 118 text messages in eight hours to a former love interest.
Hardaway was involved with a married woman who decided to break it off so she could try and save her marriage.
He apparently didn’t take it very well and texted her repeatedly, despite being told to stop by the woman.
He also called her cellphone and work phone numerous times.
Police also say that one of the text messages threatened the woman’s husband.
Hardaway is being held in jail on $50,000 bond.
OR HOW ABOUT …..
Omar Famuyide, 21, a British robber who was identified by a victim after Facebook suggested him as a friend.
Police were looking for a man who’d been on a two-month crime spree that included several robberies and a violent assault.
They had no leads until Famuyide’s face popped up in the “People You May Know” feed on one of his victims’ social media pages.
Police were contacted by the victim and Famuyide was arrested and sentenced to 17 years in jail.
OKAY, ONE MORE …..
Participants in a charity football game between cops and firefighters in New York, who ended the evening’s activities with a massive brawl.
It’s not the first time either, they also got into it two years ago during a hockey game.
The New York Post reports the brawl broke out after “a cop viciously tackled a firefighter during the meaningless final minutes.”
Video of the aftermath shows dozens of players brawling and cursing.
Blood can be seen dripping down the face of one firefighter.
The Police Department won Sunday’s game 29-13.