The famous selfie suspect has finally turned herself into police.
Tasja Dowell, 18, of Richmond, allegedly snapped selfies with a phone after violently robbing an El Cerrito High School student on Nov. 5. The selfies automatically uploaded to the victim’s cloud storage, including the image above, which the victim swiftly forwarded to police.
Dowell became a social media hit after police released one of her selfies to the public, but she remained in hiding until Dec. 11, when she turned herself in at the Martinez Detention Facility, El Cerrito police announced Wednesday.
Dowell was booked for the cellular phone robbery and a probation violation warrant, police said. Her case will be presented to the district attorney’s office in the next several days.
The incident unfolded about 12:40 p.m. on Nov. 5, when the victim was talking on her cellphone while walking eastbound on Central Avenue near Clayton Street, police said. A vehicle, possibly a Honda or Toyota containing four males and one female, pulled up alongside the student. The female suspect, believed to be Dowell, exited the car and demanded the victim’s phone and backpack, police said. After the victim refused, the suspect punched her in the head, causing her to fall to the ground and lose consciousness.
Several days later, the student noticed the photo uploads in her online cloud storage. The student recognized Dowell as her attacker and sent the images to El Cerrito Police Department, which then forwarded them to the media in the hope of identifying her.
“Within several hours after the press release, the ECPD received numerous calls from the public providing us with Dowell’s identity and addresses she may be associated with,” police said.