Wanted man taunts police with 'Where's Wally' jibe as they search dales town
A WANTED man has taunted detectives by changing his Facebook profile to that of Where’s Wally and declaring himself a ‘hide and seek champion’ as police searched for him in gardens and undergrowth nearby.
Jockey JJ McMenamin, 30, told his Facebook friends he was close enough to watch the search take place in Leyburn, North Yorkshire on Saturday afternoon.
Around a dozen police officers, a police helicopter and search dogs were called to find McMenamin - who according to friends is allegedly wanted for driving offences.
On the Where’s Wally image, Wally’s face was replaced with a picture of his own head and the image was accompanied with the words “Dude… I’m right here.”
In one post he said: “Buddy if they really new how close they are too me not a scooby do were I am. Even got sniffer dogs out and I’m still sat giggling.”
In another post, he said he had watched one officer “pull out a wedgie” after struggling over garden fences.
“I nearly felt sorry for him and was gunna go back give him a hand over but had had a taser,” he added.
JJ McMenamin’s changed his Facebook profile to a Where’s Wally image.
One friend asked McMenamin – a jockey – if he had used horse power to escape the law, but he responded by posting a picture of his feet, saying he only needed those to evade police.
Another asked if he wanted a pint but the fugitive said he was drinking Yorkshire Tea as he wanted to remain “on the ball” ready for “round two”.
McMenamin later posted a photo which appeared to show him relaxing in a hot tub and another holding a cocktail.
In another message he claimed he had escaped to Leeds.
Police spent several hours searching Leyburn town centre and a nearby auction mart and housing estate for the wanted man.
A police helicopter hovered over the town for about an hour.
JJ McMenamin is originally from South Bank, Middlesbrough, and went to work as a jockey in Middleham, North Yorks, around two years ago, friends say.
He is registered as a professional jockey but has no competitive races listed on his Racing Post profile.
Friends say he has had a fall-out with his family and rarely returns home. His sister and mother declined to comment.
A friend in South Bank said: “This Where’s Wally stunt is typical of JJ, he’s entertaining a lot of people on Facebook with this but he’s in trouble this time.
“He is only wanted for driving offences – he was caught at the wheel when he had been banned and the police have started this search for him. You’d think he was a mass murderer the amount of people they have involved.
“Everybody is talking about the Where’s Wally picture. I doubt he’s still in the area, he could be anywhere by now.”
An appeal was put out on Twitter for information to find the man, described as 6ft, slim, with mousy hair and wearing joggers.
North Yorkshire Police confirmed today that he was still at large.
A spokesman said: “We are continuing to search for him.”