Vladimir Putin arrested in Florida for refusing to leave grocery store (PHOTO)
While some in the US may wish it was the real Vladimir Putin, the man arrested by West Palm Beach police is actually a Florida resident and bears little resemblance to his much more famous namesake.
The man who shares the same name as Russia’s president has been arrested for allegedly trespassing and harassing employees at a Florida supermarket.
BREAKING: Vladimir Putin has been arrested. pic.twitter.com/PVu1FJNc6Z— Eric Hoteham (@erichoteham) August 30, 2016
Now the Russian Embassy in US will have to confirm that Vladimir Putin was not arrested in Florida.— Russian Market (@russian_market) August 30, 2016
According to CBS 12, Putin appeared in court on Monday accused of verbally accosting staff at a Publix supermarket and refusing to leave the store on August 21.
It’s thought the man became irate after missing a ride he had arranged to take outside one of the largest grocery chains in the US. Putin has also been charged with resisting arrest, according to reports.
Unsurprisingly, Twitter users have been having a field day with the suspect’s name.
.@realDonaldTrump Do you or your campaign have an official statement about Vladimir Putin being arrested at Publix?— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) August 30, 2016
Vladimir Putin arrested at Florida supermarket. Seriously. https://t.co/guxsUKK2I8— Lukas I. Alpert (@lalpert1) August 30, 2016