GRPD explains story behind now viral image of man hiding on roof

Posted at 9:23 PM, Aug 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-04 21:23:09-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A picture of a man hiding on his roof while GRPD officers search his home has gone viral online.

The accompanying photo shows Grand Rapids police officers searching a house while a man hides on the roof overhead. It has accumulated millions of views since being posted on the imgur Web site

Grand Rapids Police told FOX 17 NEWS that the picture appears to be a July 31 arrest for a domestic dispute in the 600 block of Lafayette Avenue NE.

Edward Martin’s mugshot

The suspect is 25-year-old Edward Martin, who has been charged with resisting and obstructing police in connection with the incident.

Police say when they responded to the home Martin answered the door and then slammed it shut.  A woman later answered the door and let police officers inside, according to a release.

Officers outside the home radioed the searching officers inside and informed them about the man on the roof. Martin was then ordered into the window and was taken into custody.