Deadliest Catch greenhorn arrested for bank robberies; police IDed him using the show

A greenhorn featured in several Deadliest Catch episodes was arrested late Wednesday because he’s a suspect in several Oregon bank robberies. Joshua Tel Warner, 23, was a short-lived deckhand on the Wizard, and his appearance on that show led police to him, although it was a traffic stop in Illinois that led to him being apprehended.

He was arrested “for three robberies at Eugene banks between October 2007 and August 2009,” the Register-Guard reports. Besides the fact that “Eugene police were completely unaware that Warner was in custody in Illinois when they held a press conference Thursday morning to announce that they were looking for him, … Eugene police had long been unable to identify Warner, let alone find him — until, that is, he joined a popular show on cable TV.” That’s when “police received calls from local people who recognized Warner.”

Jailed robbery suspect was a reality TV star [Register-Guard]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.