Police arrest woman wanted in shooting after she commented on police social media post asking about reward

TULSA, OK – A suspect wanted in connection with a murder investigation in Oklahoma was arrested earlier in July after she commented on a Facebook post from the Tulsa Police Department that was identifying her as a wanted suspect.

According to the reports, on July 14th, the Tulsa Police Department put a post on Facebook identifying a woman by the name of Lorraine Graves as being the wanted for accessory to murder in connection with a fatal shooting that happened at the St. Thomas Square Apartments earlier this year.

And for some reason, Graves decided to comment on the Facebook post identifying her as the “Weekly Most Wanted”, asking about if there’s reward money for her arrest:

“What’s (sic) where’s the reward money at”

The Tulsa Police Department noted that Graves commenting on the Facebook post happened shortly after the original post was placed on the platform.

According to Tulsa Police in an updated post to Facebook, Graves was arrested the day after posting her comments online:

“On 7/15/21 around 4:30 p.m., detectives with our Fugitive Warrants unit arrested Graves in north Tulsa near 36th St. N. and Garrison Ave. Graves is charged with Accessory to Murder. Her bond is set at $500,000.”

Power 105.1’s show the Breakfast Club awarded Graves their infamous “Donkey of the Day” award for her not-so-bright move to comment on her own “Most Wanted” post on Facebook, with show host Charlamagne tha God joking about the stupidity of the move:

“One of the most difficult things for folks to do is bite their tongue when they’re being spoken about on social media. It’s like a digital version of the Quiet Place, keep quiet or you could get killed. Okay, that’s why so many of you die at the hands of social media, because you don’t know how to be quiet.”

“And that’s exactly what Lorraine Graves should’ve done, cause Lorraine was one of Tulsa’s most wanted – yes, she was wanted for accessory to murder and the Tulsa Police Department posted about her alleged crime and wanted to know her whereabouts.”

“Lorraine saw that post about her and in her mind she thought ‘It’s lit, they’re talking about me, my time to shine!‘ You just thought that was so witty, to ask where the reward money was at, huh?”

If convicted, Graves could face up to 45 years in prison.

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Police arrest woman wanted in shooting after she commented on police social media post asking about reward

This isn’t the first time we at Law Enforcement Today have reported on suspects getting themselves arrested by taunting police on social media. 

Back in July of 2020, a TikTok user thought it would be a bright idea to make a TikTok viedo of him dancing in front of a background image of his wanted picture post and daring police to find him. 

Well, they did. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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LAGRANGE, GA – William Reeves Durga was arrested on Friday, July 24th, 2020 for sale of cocaine and use of a communication facility during the commission of a felony. 

Police were able to easily find him after he posted a video, which went viral on TikTok, daring police in Troup County, Georgia to “come and get” him.

In June, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) arrested seven people at the Main Street Pub in LaGrange.  The arrests were all linked to drug offenses at the establishment, according to WSB-TV.

Durga remained an outstanding suspect at that time.

LaGrange police put a post on Facebook on July 2, which has since been updated.

When Durga saw the post, he posted the image in a TikTok video that showed him dancing in front of it with a caption that read, “Come and get me bitch.”

The post went viral with nearly four million views.

Many law abiding citizens responded to law enforcement’s request for help by sharing the link to his TikTok video to the department’s Facebook page.  Some people accused others of “snitching” by sharing the video with the police. 

However, one coherent user posted: 

“The dude snitched on himself. Only an idiot would get on social media while running from the police. He deserves what he gets.”

LaGrange is a small city roughly an hour from Atlanta.  It has a violent crime rate of 51 per 1,000 residents, which is slightly lower than the 58 per 1,000 that Atlanta claims.  The Atlanta suburb, which has been largely unaffected by the recent violent “protests,” appears to enjoy a congenial relationship between law abiding citizens and the police.

They host a Citizens Police Academy, which will be online this year, to give people the opportunity to learn exactly how the Police Department operates.  They interact with the community during fundraisers and food pantry operations.  They are appreciated by most.

It would appear that Reeves Durga was not aware of that relationship when he posted his TikTok video.  When he decided to taunt police by dancing (he’s no Dancing with the Stars contestant, by the way) in front of his mugshots, saying things like “Come and get me bitch” and “Don’t let this flop” (apparently a catchphrase to encourage people to make the videos go viral on the app), he was rewarded by having both of his requests granted.

When asked for comment, the GBI has deferred to the press release, which has been updated since Durga’s arrest: 

“Police would like to thank the public for assistance which lead to the arrest of Durga.”

Accoding to the LaGrange Daily News, the Lagrange Police Department had been working for seven months in an undercover capacity at the Main Street Pub, which resulted in the arrests.

Durga also responded to the LaGrange Daily News via TikTok and said:

“Honestly, I’m not wanting to turn myself into Troup County Jail.  It’s so nasty and full of conronavirus.  They haven’t been doing the necessary things to keep it contained.  It’s beyond overcrowded, nobody gets a court date, it’s just wrong how the inmates are treated.  I haven’t been running, they never came to my house or anything. 

“They straight blasted me on social media, so I did it back.”

It appears that plan backfired.

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Police arrest woman wanted in shooting after she commented on police social media post asking about reward

In other news regarding social media, three suspects were recently arrested in Georgia for allegedly uploading a video online where they beat a 12-year-old boy and shaved the word “gay” into his hair. 

Here’s that previous report from earlier in July. 

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ATLANTA, GA- Authorities stated that they have arrested three people a month after a disturbing video went viral on social media.

FOX 5 reported that the three suspects, 18-year-old Jordan Jarrode Richards-Nwankwo, 19-year-old Lorkeyla Jamia Spencer, and 35-year-old Brittney Monique Mills, were all charged with cruelty to children.

Richards-Nwankwo faces an additional charged of battery. Sgt. John Chafee, with the Atlanta Police Department (APD), said in a statement:

“We’re very pleased with these arrests, but we are pleased with feedback that we got from members of the community assisting in this and how quickly they were able to jump on it.”

Reportedly, Atlanta police were first alerted to the post “depicting maltreatment of a juvenile” on June 17th. Within 24 hours, investigators said they were able to locate the juvenile and all of those involved.

The child was then placed into protective custody with the Georgia Division of Family & Children Services. In a statement, APD said:

“The behavior in this social media post was difficult to watch and is absolutely unacceptable. We are appreciative of the number of people who flagged this case with us and for those who provided information on the location where it took place.”

The statement added:

“Our investigators worked hard to identify those involved and to gather the evidence needed to place each behind bars and we are thankful for their work.”

Investigators stated that the video, which was posted in June, shows a young man with the word “gay” shaved on the side of his head. The video also shows people yelling at and hitting the young man. According to the police report, someone in the video was yelling at the young boy:

“You still doing gay (expletive). You think I cut this in your head for no reason?”

Chafee stated:

“Investigators were made aware of a video posted on social media that depicted a young male abused and it appeared that he was being abused because of his sexual orientation.”

He added:

“This was a difficult video to watch. When you see someone, you know, I have a child and when you see a young person being abused like this. I mean, this is just so unnecessary. It was difficult to watch and I think with a lot of the investigators, it was the same way.”

Chafee added:

“There is a lot of work that goes into the back, into the background of these cases because we don’t want to just, ‘Okay, this is the person and I am going to go ahead and charge them.’ We got to present evidence in court otherwise our charges mean nothing.”

Warrants were taken out for all three individuals prior to their arrests. All three were booked into the Fulton County Jail. Chafee said in a statement:

“This one came together with the way it should. People saw something wrong, they brought it to our attention, and our investigators jumped on it and acted quickly.”

According to reports, a fundraiser for the young boy was set up by Hope Giselle, a local LGBT rights activist and Devin Barrington-Ward, who is running for Atlanta City Council. As of this writing, $9,424 has been raised out of a $10,000 goal. 

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