Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Weird Crime Wednesday: When the police are looking for you, taunting them on Twitter is never a good idea

(photo @ sodahead.com)



Pearland, Texas

On May 17 of 2011, Mahogany Mason-Kelly (yes, that is her actual name) was cited by the police on a routine traffic stop.  The stop became anything but routine, however, when Mahogany decided to falsely identify herself as her sister, Turquoise Mason-Kelley (yes, that is her actual name).

Aside from being a pretty jerk move on the part of Mahogany, it was also very strategically stupid: Her sister had an outstanding warrant for her arrest through the Houston Police Department. After police issued the citation to Mahogany (while believing that she was Turquoise) she signed her sister's name and was promptly arrested.

Mahogany, however, was not one to turn down a method acting opportunity. She continued to identify herself as her sister at the police station while being processed, questioned, and signing forms.  After police confronted her with fingerprint and photographic evidence, Mahogany finally confessed that she in fact was the sister named after a type of wood and not an opaque bluish/green mineral.

                                                                               woolymossroots
When combined, however, they can form a lovely mandala necklace.



But Mahogany's streak of stupidity was not done, yet.  After failing to appear in court for her multiple misdemeanors (traffic warrants, tampering with governmental records, and giving false/fictitious information) a warrant was issued for her arrest.

But back at nearby Lamar University, where Mahogany is a student, she apparently felt that the long arm of the law would be unable to reach her.  She was so confident, in fact, that she posted the following message to her twitter account (which has since been deleted):


Anyone doing a their daily twitter search 
for "pearland pigs" was in for quite a treat, apparently.


As you can imagine, the police did not take too kindly to being called "pigs," especially on twitter by a girl with a stupid name.  This made Mahagony's outstanding arrest warrant go from a the bottom of the to do list to a top priority.  Pearland police traced her to Lamar University, where campus law enforcement were notified.  They found, arrested, and transported a very subdued Mahogany Mason-Kelly back to Pearland.

Embedded below is a video featuring an interview with a representative from the Pearland police department savoring their victory. It also includes the obligatory "interview/reaction to the story with some random person" that all news reports like this must have for some reason.





Mahogany posted bond on all charges and was released on April 21.  She is currently awaiting trial.  She obviously wouldn't do anything stupid from now until her pending court date...

...but just in case, RamblingBeachCat.com will be keeping an eye out for this spunky 20-year-old's social media skills to strike again.  It shouldn't be too hard to find out what she's up to in the next few months.

After all, how many people are actually named Mahogany?


Actual mugshot of 
Mahogany Mason-Williams @ click2houston.com
...or use their twitter account to taunt the police?