Boy Uses Pancake Inquiry on Facebook as Alibi

Rodney Bradford updated his Facebook status on Sunday from his father's apartment in Harlem, New York. The 19-year-old asked where his pancakes were, firing the status update out into the open abyss that is the Internet.

Fast forward a few weeks and Bradford is accused of taking part in a robbery. The New York Times reports that the youth's lawyer, Robert Reuland, told a Brooklyn assistant district attorney about the Facebook status update, which was apparently made at the time of the robbery.

According to the screenshot in the NYT report, Bradford's status update read, "ON THE PHONE WITH THIS FAT CHICK . . . . . WHERER MY I HOP".

The DA subpoenaed Facebook to verify that the update had come from a computer in Bradford's father's apartment block. When Facebook confirmed that the update had indeed come from a computer in an apartment at 71 West 118th Street in Manhattan, the charges were dropped.

Do you think this is a solid alibi or do you think that the DA was too quick to drop the charges? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Anonymous
    Great...So i can use a laptop to Remote back into my house computer, send a Facebook update, then rob a bank and get away with it. AWESOME!!
  • itadakimasu
    This could set a precedent for other people to try to abuse this. What if he did take part in the robbery but he has somebody post this from that particular computer so as to trick the system?
  • mrcmark
    lucky for him he has an alibi. But there is also a possiblity that some else used his facebook account.
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  • Anonymous
    Great...So i can use a laptop to Remote back into my house computer, send a Facebook update, then rob a bank and get away with it. AWESOME!!
  • itadakimasu
    This could set a precedent for other people to try to abuse this. What if he did take part in the robbery but he has somebody post this from that particular computer so as to trick the system?
  • mrcmark
    lucky for him he has an alibi. But there is also a possiblity that some else used his facebook account.