Wanted man busted in Omaha after Ice Bucket Challenge exposes hideout

The 20-year-old supporter of ALS research spit in the face of an Omaha gang unit officer before kicking through the partition in the police safety cruiser.

By Matt Bradwell
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OMAHA, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A 20-year-old Nebraska man wanted for violating his parole is back behind bars after a video of him taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge exposed his whereabouts.

Twenty-year-old Jesean Morris was wanted for violating his parole when he was challenged to either dump a bucket of ice on his head or donate $100 to ALS charities. Released from Omaha Correctional Center in March, Morris was convicted in 2010 for attempted second-degree assault using a firearm.


Rather than discreetly donating, Morris chose to meme along with America, dousing himself in ice water and posting a video of it to Facebook.

Although Omaha police were not monitoring Morris' social media activity, one of his Facebook friends proved not so friendly, tipping off authorities to Morris' exact location upon figuring it out from his Ice Bucket Challenge.

"They were given a specific house," OPD spokesperson Kevin Wiese told the Omaha World Herald.

Around 3 p.m. Friday, members of Omaha's gang unit arrested Wiese while he was driving a PT Cruiser out of his North Omaha neighborhood.

Morris did not surrender quietly, first giving police a false name before spitting in an officer's face and even kicking through the partition between the front and back seat of the police cruiser. He was eventually booked for violation of his parole, suspicion of criminal impersonation, resisting arrest and assaulting an officer.


It is unclear how Morris violated the terms of his parole.

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