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The Fugitive Who Sent Cops A Selfie Because He Hated His Mugshot Has Been Caught

Donald Pugh had complained that the cops had "put a picture that made me look like I was a Thundercat or something."

Last updated on January 13, 2016, at 12:20 p.m. ET

Posted on January 11, 2016, at 1:54 p.m. ET

A man on the run from police in Ohio sent the cops a selfie to use instead of his mugshot, which he said made him look like a "Thundercat."

Lima Police Department
Lima Police Department

Donald "Chip" Pugh is being sought in connection with several crimes, including arson and vandalism, the Lima Police Department said on Facebook.

The 45-year-old has a warrant out for his arrest on a failure to appear charge.

He also has faced charges in the past for domestic violence, breaking and entering, and more, the Lima News reported.

Last week, police decided to share Pugh's pictures on Facebook and ask the public to help catch him. They attached the standard mugshots to the post.

Lima Police Department
Lima Police Department

But the cops also attached another photo: a selfie that Pugh himself had sent them. They said the fugitive told them he hated the mugshot and wanted them to use the selfie instead.

Lima Police Department

"This photo was sent to us by Mr. Pugh himself," the police wrote. "We thank him for being helpful, but now we would appreciate it if he would come speak to us at the LPD about his charges."

The selfie soon caught the attention of many people online and, of course, sparked many memes.

Someone even set up a fan page called "Free Chip Pugh."

Pugh told a local radio station that he was excited his selfie "went viral."

"I started having fun with it," he said, according to the Lima News. "I became a hometown hero. I can't help but run with it. I did it for my idiot friends."

He said he decided to send the selfie because the police "did me wrong."

"They put a picture that made me look like I was a Thundercat or something," he said.

Pugh is still on the run, and the Lima News reported he has no plans to turn himself in.

"When I was a little kid, my grandmother told me a bedtime story," he said. "My hero was this character, who used to say, 'Run, run, fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man.'"

BuzzFeed News has contacted the Lima Police Department for comment.

UPDATE: The Lima Police Department said on Tuesday that Pugh had been captured by authorities in Florida.

Lima Police Department

Police said Pugh was nabbed by the Escambia County Sheriff's Office, and is currently being held on an outstanding warrant in Columbus, Georgia.

The department thanked the "power of social media" for helping them catch Pugh, who will face his charges in Ohio after he is taken to Georgia.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.