Man arrested over Facebook relationship status

Man arrested over Facebook relationship status

Summary: Changing your relationship status on Facebook isn't always taken lightly. In this case, it resulted in a very heated argument that required the law to sort out.

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21-year-old Eric James Wilson, of Palm Bay, Florida has been charged with battery domestic violence and a misdemeanor, after an altercation that began when he changed relationship status on Facebook. He went from "married" to "single" on the social network. The affected woman, who did not identify herself Wilson's wife or ex-wife, was not pleased, according to Click Orlando.

Police reported being called to a house to follow up on calls about a disturbance. The argument between Wilson and the woman on Thursday included shouting obscenities, breaking a TV set in the home, and Wilson allegedly pushing the woman against a brick wall and threatening to shoot her.

Wilson was taken to the Brevard County Detention Center in Sharpes and was eventually released on community supervision. On Saturday, he returned for a hearing, where a judge ordered him to have no further contact with the victim and never to return to the home. He is scheduled for a second court appearance on February 28 to face the battery charges.

So, the moral of the story is as follows: make sure your significant other is aware that you're about to change your relationship status on Facebook. You may not see it as a big deal, but they will if they find out from the social network rather than from you.

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Emil Protalinski

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he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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  • RE: Man arrested over Facebook relationship status

    No that isn't the moral at all. Not battering your significant other probably is.

    You think this is "funny"?
    jeremychappell
    • RE: Man arrested over Facebook relationship status

      @jeremychappell

      No. What's "funny" is that you can't separate the humor in changing a facebook status causing a marital fight, and the disgust of actually abusing a spouse. They aren't mutually exclusive.
      Badgered
      • RE: Man arrested over Facebook relationship status

        @Badgered You are a moron. I take it by virtue of your name, you probably beat your wife also.
        fairlane32
      • their is no humor in violence

        @Badgered this is not funny at all that a idiot on facebook didn't have the guts to face his significant other about their relationship issues. especially when faced with it became violent.
        sdmayhew@...
    • RE: Man arrested over Facebook relationship status

      @jeremychappell You are totally my hero for this comment. THANK YOU so much.
      lassarina
      • RE: Man arrested over Facebook relationship status

        @lassarina
        Why? Because he's a humorless loser?

        Okay.
        Droid101
    • RE: Man arrested over Facebook relationship status

      @jeremychappell
      I don't see anywhere in the article where the writer is trying to make jokes or make you laugh. Seems to me the article was written as irony. YOU may have interpreted this as funny so you need to ask yourself why YOU think its funny. Overly sensitive people in this world.
      rengek
      • RE: Man arrested over Facebook relationship status

        @rengek
        Probably the shallowness of people who think real life has anything to do with 'Like this' and 'Friends' on facebook. The flipping irony is that for all the talk about making real contact on facebook, here is a guy who could not tell a person in the same house, a person he saw everyday, that he was moving on. I guess a real appearance before a judge has put his wishes into real-life effect.
        strangefruit
    • RE: Man arrested over Facebook relationship status

      @jeremychappell there is no battery here, what we have is a routine case of two people fighting for control, and the police joining in on one side of the argument. The police did not arrest the woman for her obscenities, for her pushing, and they just don't do that.

      So be it. I hope the man files for divorce tomorrow and doesn't look back.
      rdupuy11
      • RE: Man arrested over Facebook relationship status

        @rdupuy11 Excuse me but pushing someone into a wall is battery and he also had to use his hands to do it ...right ...that's also battery
        jj183@...
      • RE: Man arrested over Facebook relationship status

        @jj183@...
        *Allegedly* pushed against wall - now, let's make it clear that I hate wifebeaters (and violent women as well), I loathe them, they make me puke - Still I don't know what is it that makes people go mad because someone *accuses* someone else of something, even if that "something" would be much worse than this I still would not understand. Do you people not understand what is the philosophy behind "innocent until proven quilty"? The ethics behind that principle?
        robsku
    • RE: Man arrested over Facebook relationship status

      @jeremychappell He's probably right. You should tell your significant other first, otherwise they may make assumptions.

      The dude definitely shouldn't have battered his wife though.
      snoop0x7b
    • Fucking THIS!

      @jeremychappell Yeah!
      Stormbringer_57th
  • RE: Man arrested over Facebook relationship status

    You people still use Facebook?? when your mom and grandma are on it, it is no longer cool!
    Hasam1991
    • RE: Man arrested over Facebook relationship status

      @Hasam1991

      I think you are 100% right. I see fewer and fewer people under age 30 on F.B. What is their option to social network?
      thofts
      • RE: Man arrested over Facebook relationship status

        @thofts
        How about sociallyawkwardsagainstrealrelationships.com or loserswithnorealfriends.com or whydontpeopleinschoollikeme.com ?
        partman1969@...
      • RE: Man arrested over Facebook relationship status

        @thofts
        How about trying something totally different like; like maybe... REAL LIFE!
        lostzanglar
      • GOOGLE PLUS

        @thofts <br><br>Obviously google+ (G+)
        skyoneder
    • RE: Man arrested over Facebook relationship status

      @Hasam1991

      You still think cool has to do with age? How '90's of you! BwwwwwwaaaaaaHaaaaaaaaaaHaaaaaaaa!!!!!!
      SirThor
      • RE: Man arrested over Facebook relationship status

        @SirThor
        No sorry I don't own any Dell products, so no 90's for me... and I didn't say anything about age.
        Hasam1991