Utah Teen Arrested For Car Theft is Viral Star Because no One Believes He’s 19

Most people would do anything for the chance to become the latest viral star, but one teen from Salt Lake City, Utah, is probably not relishing the extra attention.
Murad Mansurovich Kurbanov, arrested on car theft charges, is only 19 years old 7 photos
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Murad Mansurovich Kurbanov was arrested this week on suspicion of stealing a U-Haul truck and other motoring offenses, but he’s become a viral star for an entirely different reason. You can probably guess it if you check out his mugshot and bear in mind that he’s only 19 years old.

“Police have identified the suspect as 19-year-old Murad Mansurovich Kurbanov, who is facing three charges,”
CBS affiliate KUTV reports. “Kurbanov was arrested for felony theft of a rental vehicle, felony failure to stop or respond at the command of police and a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving.”

Police were able to track him down after someone called in to report a U-Haul truck running red lights and driving dangerously. Kurbanov was at the wheel, but he refused to pull over when the officers summoned him. When they eventually apprehended him, it was established that the truck was a rental which he had failed to return – which makes it stolen under Utah law.

After KUTV posted about the arrest on Facebook, the story started picking up. Again, it wasn’t the man’s crimes that drew attention, but rather the fact that he looked, as one commenter put it, “19 going on 42,” thanks to an unfortunate combination of receding hairline, bad skin and a sour expression that seems permanently itched on his face.

Since then, comments have been pouring in, one funnier than the other. People simply can’t believe the dude is only 19, which prompted KUTV to do some digging to find out his real age. Indeed, Kurbanov was born in 1999.

Instead of helping matters settle, this has only added to the hilarity. His birthday must be on leap year, one user says. He must be paying his own child support, another adds. At least he’s never running the risk of getting carded, another, more practical commeter adds.

To think that some people will snap hundreds of selfies / food pics a day to get this kind of attention.

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About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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