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Man arrested in 'Ross from Friends' robbery investigation

The police appeal for the suspect went viral, with actor David Schwimmer clarifying it wasn’t him.

Image: Blackpool Police

POLICE HAVE ARRESTED a man in connection with a robbery in Blackpool that went viral because the suspect bore a striking resemblance to Friends’ actor David Schwimmer.

Lancashire Police confirmed today that their colleagues in London had arrested a 36-year-old man in Southall on suspicion of theft.

The Met Police responded that they were “happy to help” with the hashtag “I’ll be there for you”. 

Authorities had released a still of a suspect stealing a crate of beer from a restaurant last month, but the image soon gained traction on social media with comparisons made to the character of Ross in Friends.

The news reached Schwimmer, who released a tongue-in-cheek video of his own protesting his innocence.

“Officers, I swear it wasn’t me. As you can see, I was in New York. To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation,” he said.

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