A thug who attacked a teenager in an alleyway has been locked up – after his victim tracked him down on Facebook.
Bully Jordan Michael Emery saw the 15-year-old using a mobile phone in the Towngate area of Leyland, and followed him down a ginnel.
Insp Steve Evans, from Leyland police, said: “Emery asked the lad if he could use his phone, and when the boy said ‘no’, Emery threatened him, saying he had a ‘shank’ down his pants.
“In gang culture terms, that refers to a knife.
“He then used his knee to kick the youth in the genitals, forcing him to hand over the phone.”
It happened during the daylight hours of July 12.
Soon after Emery, age 18, from Barleyfield in Bamber Bridge, was found on social networking site Facebook by his own victim.
Insp Evans said: “This lad did a bit of his own detective work.
“As he was being attacked, he got a good look of Emery, and thought to himself, ‘I recognise you’.
“It turns out he was a ‘friend of a friend’ on Facebook, so he found out his attacker’s name and reported him to us.
“When the police went round to Emery’s house, he admitted the offence, and was arrested on the spot.”
He added: “It’s amazing that in such a scary situation, the 15-year-old had the presence of mind to make a mental note of what this man looked like.”
A cannabis grinder was also confiscated from Emery’s house.
Emery, who is originally from the Coventry area and is unemployed, has now been sent to prison for 14 months.