Bedfordshire: Brazen criminal taunted police by posting 'catch me if you can' under his wanted appeal

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A brazen criminal who wrote "catch me if you can" under his own wanted appeal has been jailed for eight years.

Londoner Jordan Carr had been wanted for a number of offences, so Bedfordshire Police had issued a media appeal via Facebook asking for the public's help to find him.

Underneath the post Carr commented "catch me if you can" - and it went viral, receiving more than 5,500 reactions.

But the cheeky quip backfired. He was identified and caught.

On its Twitter account on Thursday, Bedfordshire Police wrote: "Guess what happened next? We caught him, obviously.

"Carr will now be spending eight years in prison.

"Catch ya later, Jordan, & remember - you Carrn't run away from us."

Carr, 20, from Enfield, was sentenced for a number of offences at Guildford Crown Court.

Police said that on 29 January 2020, Carr and his friend Mason Matthews threatened two girls with an imitation firearm in order to establish the whereabouts of a suspect in a stabbing that occurred five months prior on the same road - Bedford Road, Kempston.

According to police, Carr was stopped and searched by officers in February 2021 in Kempston following an aggravated burglary nearby, where he gave officers a false alias.

Police later identified him as Jordan Carr and the media appeal was circulated.

Classified as dangerous

Carr and Matthews were both found guilty of a firearms offence following a week-long trial at Luton Crown Court in February this year.

Police also said Carr pleaded guilty to a separate charge of grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon.

The force said the GBH and possession of an offensive weapon were committed while Carr was in prison, where they say he assaulted a fellow inmate with an improvised weapon made out of knives.

According to police, Carr was classified as dangerous by the judge and sentenced to a total of eight years in prison.

'He thinks he is above the law'

Police said Matthews, 22, of Owen Close in Kempston, pleaded guilty to a firearms offence following the incident in January 2020 and was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail.

Bedfordshire Police's investigating officer, Detective Sergeant David Gordon, said: "Carr is clearly an extremely violent individual who has a certain arrogance about him and thinks he is above the law.

"I welcome the result in court today and hope that he now uses this time to reflect on his dangerous behaviour and actions.

"He challenged us to catch him if we could. We did, and he is now going to prison for a very long time."

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