Things Get Super Awkward When Chris Hansen Runs Into An Old Friend On A Bust

Late last year Chris Hansen of To Catch A Predator fame quietly resumed doing the lord’s work after a successful Kickstarter campaign allowed him to resume pervert busting operations, this time in the form of a web series called “Hansen vs. Predator.” The segments also run on Hansen’s syndicated news magazine-style show, Crime Watch Daily. In an episode airing Friday, the above clip previews the latest segment in which Hansen busts a guy hoping to meet a 13-year-old boy, but when he encounters the man it turns out to be a guy he used to share a daily commute with. Hoooooo boy awkward.

The guy knows he’s royally effed the moment he sees his old buddy, exclaiming, “Oh sh*t. No, Chris … Chris, please.” Hansen spoke with The Daily Mail prior to the episode airing, admitting that he was just as surprised as the guy was, saying: “I honestly did not realize it until I walked out. And then I suddenly recognized him because we used to commute into the city every day together from Connecticut.”

For his part, the man would admit to no wrongdoing when later taken in for questioning, insisting that he had scratched his eye the day before and that’s why he read the boy’s age as “13” instead of “18.” “I could show you that I was at my ophthalmologist yesterday… an eye doctor,” he claimed. It will be up to a judge to decide whether or not the man’s excuse is believable [editor’s note: whoops, never mind], but at the very least it warrants a “thinking face” emoji.

(Via Daily Mail)