If you thought your parents seeing photos of you partying on Facebook was embarrassing, then just imagine how it would feel to have your mother identify a photograph of you circulating on social media from a Police Department. That’s exactly what happened to one 50-year-old Bellport resident who turned himself in after his mother recognized him in a photograph released by Suffolk County police.
Suffolk County Police had released a picture of a suspect who robbed several businesses with a surgical mask in the hopes of someone identifying him. The image showed the suspect holding up an East Patchogue gas station on April 24. Just two days later, the suspect’s mother saw the image on social media. She immediately recognized her son and confronted him about it. It’s unclear what the mother said to her son, but it ultimately led him to turn himself into the authorities. He told police that his mother identifying him on social media was the driving factor that led him to confess.
The suspect, Marchell Rountree, turned himself in and is now facing five charges of first-degree robbery. It’s believed that the same individual robbed multiple businesses throughout surrounding areas at gunpoint. Suffolk County Police confirmed the areas affected included East Patchogue, Holbrook and Yaphank. The string of crimes began on February 17th and concluded with his most recent robbery on April 24th. In all of the crimes, Rountree concealed his face with a surgical mask, wore gloves to prevent leaving fingerprints and used a firearm to intimidate cashiers.