Wanted man sentenced after turning himself in to Redford Twp. police in Facebook challenge

Michael Zaydel was wanted on several warrants

A wanted man turned himself in to Redford Township police after they accepted his Facebook challenge. (WDIV)

REDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A man who was wanted on several warrants turned himself in Monday to Redford Township police  and was sentenced Tuesday after he taunted officer on Facebook and they accepted his challenge.

Michael Zaydel posted that he would turn himself in if the post reached 1,000 shares. The post ended up generating thousands of shares.

He showed up to the Redford Township Police Department around 6:30 p.m. Monday with doughnuts, police said.

Police arrested the man when he turned himself in at the Redford Township Police Department. (WDIV)


The man was taken into custody after turning himself in to Redford Township police (WDIV)

Zaydel denied probation and was sentenced to 39 days in jail.

Zaydel was wanted on several warrants, accused of larceny, trespassing, drunken driving, attempted assault and multiple traffic citations.

According to posts on the Redford Township Facebook page, Zaydel is known on social media as Champagne Torino, and continuously trolls authorities.

In one post, police threatened to block him from posting to the page due to “veiled threats” and an “inability to engage in constructive dialogue.”

Zaydel sent a private Facebook message to the police department saying that if their next post got one thousand shares, he would turn himself in, bring a dozen doughnuts and clean up public schools in the area.

The Redford Township Police Department accepted his challenge and posted his message to their Facebook page.


“Help us win this challenge and clean up blight in Redford at the same time,” the post reads.

Police commended the community for their support Friday.

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