Nfld. & Labrador

Wanted man stands by Facebook promise to police and turns himself in

A 24-year-old man followed through on his promise to turn himself in to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary after responding to a police Facebook post that he had "a few things to take care of" first.

'Take my word I just got a few things to take care of busy day then I'll be down,' N.L. man says

An odd series of Facebook posts involving Brandon Melbourne led to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary offering to pick him up, but he said he had a ride and would be at police headquarters in St. John's after he took care of a few things. (RNC/Facebook)

A 24-year-old man followed through on his promise to turn himself in to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary after responding to a police Facebook post that he had "a few things to take care of" first.

Police said Brandon Melbourne showed up at RNC headquarters in St. John's at 9:20 p.m. local time Monday and was taken into custody. 

He had five outstanding arrest warrants for failing to appear in court and breaching multiple court orders

When police put his photo on their Facebook page, the post sparked comments comparing Melbourne to the man wanted for holding up the Bank of Montreal on Elizabeth Avenue on Friday.

Melbourne's comments can be seen on the RNC's Facebook post, which alerted the public of a wanted man with the same name. (Facebook)

Melbourne disagreed with the comparison, however.

"Bys oh bys I look far from the BMO suspect," Melbourne commented on Facebook on Sunday. 

The RNC's media relations officers responded on the post the following day, asking that Melbourne turn himself in.

"In the meantime ... we have five warrants we would like to discuss with you," the RNC commented back.

Melbourne promised to turn himself in Monday night.

"Take my word I just got a few things to take care of busy day then I'll be down," he said.

The RNC offered to pick him up, but Melbourne said he had a ride. 

He was held overnight and is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning.

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