In what appears to be an unusual career track, a wanted fugitive allegedly showed up for a job interview at a law enforcement agency, according to authorities.
The alleged unconventional job-seeker (and perhaps bad driver) reportedly had applied for a security guard position at the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office in Jersey City, N.J.
“Zyeama Y. Johnson, 27, was charged with being a fugitive from justice on Tuesday, county Sheriff Frank Schillari said. She was wanted by authorities in Monroe County, Pennsylvania for failure to appear in court on charges of fraud and an additional 10 bench warrants for failure to appear in court on traffic charges in Jersey City,” the Jersey Journal reported about the in-house bust.
After presumably running a background check on the applicant, cops set up what the suspect thought was a routine job sit-down, and she was detained upon her arrival at the station.
“After the validity of the warrants was confirmed, Johnson was called in under the impression it was for a job interview and she was taken into custody, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office said.”
The suspect allegedly had two stolen credit cards in her possession at the time, which were discovered during a routine personal property inventory. This discovery prompted a charge of credit card theft.
The U.S. Postal Service has also commenced a separate investigation because the suspect was a former Post Office employee.
The legal extradition process from Jersey to Pennsylvania is pending. In the meantime, she is being held in the Hudson County jail.
“She closed at least one case — her own!” the New York Post quipped.
“A Jersey City fugitive from justice made herself easy to find,” the Journal similarly noted, by a police agency “that specializes in picking [up] people wanted for outstanding warrants.”
Here is what some social media satirists thought about what they implied is hardly a Sherlock Holmes-style mystery.
Interviewer- Do you have any experience with Law Enforcement?
Applicant- Yes, and I’m a highly sought after candidate.
— Joe&Sandy (@NightTalkers) October 7, 2022
I don’t think that’s how “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” is supposed to work.
— Milenka~ (@MilenaAmit) October 7, 2022
That totally didn’t go the way she thought it would… like what did she think was going to happen?
— I Do Me And I Chill.. (@BeYourOwnSpark) October 7, 2022
you’re supposed to commit crimes AFTER you become a cop. Anyone could have made this mistake.
— Laurie Kilmartin- Milwaukee Fest, Oct 9th (@anylaurie16) October 7, 2022
All suspects are presumed innocent until or unless they are convicted in a court of law of any alleged crimes.
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