The police mistakenly used the rapper’s photo as the suspect in a bulletin shared with their 98,000 Facebook followers, urging them to call 911 if they had any information.
The mistake occurred because the actual suspect had used Lil Uzi Vert’s face as his profile picture on social media. After realizing their mistake, the Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department issued an apology on Facebook for the confusion caused.
Following this mix-up, Roc Nation, the management firm of the rapper, issued a statement, saying:
“The Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department should be embarrassed and ashamed for disparaging [Uzi’s] character,” the Jay-Z co-founded firm said in a statement.
“Uzi loves all animals and this serious mistake has deterred the apprehension of the kidnapper. Our collective hope is that the puppy is safely and promptly rescued.”
They also noted that this mistake hindered the capture of the actual kidnapper and expressed hope that the puppy would be safely and promptly rescued.