British authorities have arrested a suspected thief whose â€œWantedâ€ image went viral last year due to his purported likeness to Ross Geller, the character played by David Schwimmer in the hit sitcom â€œFriends.â€
But many people now think the man, who police identified this week as 36-year-old Abdulah Husseini, doesnâ€™t really look like his alleged television doppelganger at all:
Police in BlackpoolÂ first released the grainy CCTV imageÂ of the suspect in October. It showed him appearing to take a crate of beer from a restaurant:
The picture quickly went viral after people online noted the manâ€™s likeness to Schwimmerâ€™s character. It also caught the attention of Schwimmer himself, who posted a spoof video declaring his innocence:
Lancashire police said Monday that officers arrested Husseini in London last Thursday after he allegedly failed to appear at Blackpool Magistratesâ€™ Court in December on theft and fraud charges.
He had also been wanted by Londonâ€™s Metropolitan Police service on further charges of theft and handling stolen goods. He is slated to appear at Wimbledon Magistratesâ€™ Court on Wednesday.