Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Arrest Of Lewiston, Maine, Shooting Suspect Robert Card On October 25, 2023 -- Suspect Still Being Sought A Day After Claim Was Posted

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  • by: Sarah Thompson
Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Arrest Of Lewiston, Maine, Shooting Suspect Robert Card On October 25, 2023 -- Suspect Still Being Sought A Day After Claim Was Posted Not His Arrest

Does a video that began circulating on October 25, 2023, show the arrest of Lewiston, Maine, mass shooting suspect Robert Card? No, that's not true: Card was still at large at the time of writing on October 26, 2023. A manhunt was ongoing and a shelter-in-place advisory for residents had been expanded to include the towns of Lewiston, Lisbon and Bowdoin, Maine.

The post containing a mislabeled video was published by the page KushThru on October 25, 2023 (archived here). It was captioned:

That Black-on-Black Crime is something else.
There is two suspects ...

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Oct 26 13:15:47 2023 UTC)

The photos in this Facebook post are photos of Card that appeared on his now-deleted Facebook account. The unidentified video of what appears to be police arresting someone on a darkened street does not show Card's arrest because that had not happened at the time the video was posted. The caption suggesting that there were two suspects is false. Card was the only suspect at the time of writing.

At an October 26, 2023, press conference at 10:30 a.m. ET, Maine Gov. Janet Mills stated that 18 people were killed in the shootings in Lewiston the night before. Col. William G. Ross of the Maine State Police stated that the search for Card was going on "right now." Ross explained that a warrant for eight murders has been issued because only eight of the deceased people have at the time been identified, and that the number would likely change as the other victims are identified.

In a 12:00 AM X post on October 26, 2023 (archived here), Maine State Police said they were searching for Robert R. Card:

Caution to the public.
A shooting incident with multiple casualties has occurred in multiple locations in Lewiston. Police are currently searching for Robert R. Card (04/04/83) of Bowdoin. Card is considered armed and dangerous. If seen people should not approach Card or contact with him. The shelter in place order stands in Lewiston. A vehicle of interest was located in Lisbon and we are now also asking residents in Lisbon to shelter in place as law enforcement works in that area to locate Card.

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  Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson lives with her family and pets on a small farm in Indiana. She founded a Facebook page and a blog called “Exploiting the Niche” in 2017 to help others learn about manipulative tactics and avoid scams on social media. Since then she has collaborated with journalists in the USA, Canada and Australia and since December 2019 she works as a Social Media Authenticity Analyst at Lead Stories.


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