Fugitive trolls Redford Township Police on Facebook

Posted at 6:44 PM, Oct 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-11 18:44:28-04

Redford Township Police say they noticed they had internet troll posting negative comments on their Facebook page. They soon realized, they knew him. He was a wanted fugitive.

The posts that followed are getting attention around the world.

Redford Township Police told the man online that even though he was using the alias “Champagne Torino,” they recognized him as a fugitive.

He responded, saying, “I am not worried about it,” and making a promise.

"He told us if our next post got 1,000 shares, he would turn himself in, bring us a dozen donuts and pick up trash around the schools,” said Sgt. Duane Gregg of the Redford Township Police Department.

Police responded with a post, saying "Challenge accepted.”

They asked people to share the post so a fugitive would turn himself in, writing "Donuts!!!! He promised us donuts! You know how much we love Donuts!”

“Within an hour, we had 1,000 shares,” Gregg said.

It has been shared now thousands of times around the world, from Greece to the United Kingdom. Yet so far, the man who goes by the name Champagne Torino on Facebook has not turned himself in.

Wednesday police made another post, revealing what they say is his real identity. 

He is 21-year-old Michael Zaydel. Since he said he would bring them donuts, police posted he may be at area donut shops.

Just in case this fugitive decides to make good on his promise, 7 Action News decided to go to Donutown Donut Shop, which is within eyesight of the Redford Township Police Department, to find out what kind of donuts the officers like.

“The favorites are glazed and custard,” said Va Chhan of Donutown.

Gregg said the department is asking Zaydel to do the right thing and turn himself in.

He said he isn’t worried about the promise of donuts, but if the fugitive is going to bring donuts, a variety of flavors would be nice.

"We like a variety. We have a lot of officers here. Personally, I am a bagel guy. So if you are bringing me a bagel, I like an everything bagel, toasted,” said Gregg.

Anyone who knows of Zaydel's location is encouraged to call police at 313-387-2500.

Redford Police say they have been told he is wanted in five jurisdictions.