Columbus City Attorney Richard C. Pfeiffer Jr. announced last week that the top target in an initiative to sweep up some of the city's most-wanted graffiti vandals has been apprehended.

Columbus City Attorney Richard C. Pfeiffer Jr. announced last week that the top target in an initiative to sweep up some of the city's most-wanted graffiti vandals has been apprehended.

Kyle C.J. Lamblez was wanted on a third charge of graffiti vandalism in less than two years, according to Pfeiffer. Lamblez, no age given, was arrested by the Columbus Police Division's Strategic Response Bureau after a three-week manhunt, the announcement stated.

Pfeiffer said the search for Lamblez began during the launch of a new initiative using social media channels to help apprehend individuals with outstanding arrest warrants. The City Attorney's Office introduced the "Fugitive of the Week" profile about a month ago on Facebook and Twitter.

Lamblez is the third targeted offender brought into custody by the program, according to the announcement. He had been sought for over a year and a half.

"We live in a rapidly changing digital environment and we have to be ready to adapt new methods of communication and social interaction into crime fighting tools," Pfeiffer said in a statement.

With Columbus City Council members Zach Klein and Michelle Mills, along with numerous members of the community, placing added emphasis on the crime of graffiti vandalism, Pfeiffer said he instructed his office to pursue wanted vandals such as Lamblez. Individuals charged with other misdemeanor crimes under Columbus municipal code are also being targeted using the social media initiative.

"We want to send a message to these scofflaws: While we may be tracking you down in virtual reality, your criminal acts will have real-world consequences. We will find you and you will go to jail," Pfeiffer said.

Within a matter of months in 2008, Lamblez was arrested twice, once for tagging an animal hospital, and pleaded guilty, the announcement stated. As a condition of his second guilty plea, Lamblez was incarcerated and required to perform 300 hours of community service at the county landfill.

"However, before he spent even one hour at the landfill, he was arrested a third time for graffiti (vandalism)," according to Pfeiffer's statement. "Lamblez failed to appear in court for the latest charge and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest."

After information about Lamblez was posted on the city attorney's Facebook page April 27, a tip spurred the investigation that also used Twitter and other more obscure social networks.

Once Lamblez was initially traced to his place of residence and connected to other known associates, he began eluding the Strategic Response Bureau by going from one safe house to the next, according to City Prosecutor Bill R. Hedrick, who leads the "Fugitive of the Week" initiative on Pfeiffer's behalf.