Manhunt as David Schwimmer lookalike accused of theft fails to show up at court
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Manhunt as David Schwimmer lookalike accused of theft fails to show up at court

AN arrest warrant has been issued for an alleged thief who went viral due to his striking resemblance to Friends actor David Schwimmer, after he failed to turn up at court.

Abdulah Husseni, 36, of Spencer Road, Slough, failed to appear at Blackpool Magistrates' Court in northwest England on Tuesday to face charges of theft and fraud.

District Judge Jane Goodwin issued a warrant not backed for bail after Husseni failed to answer his summons at 9.30am.

He is accused of stealing a coat, a phone and a wallet from Mr Basrai's restaurant in Blackpool back in September.

His CCTV image hit headlines around the world after Lancashire Police appealed for help on social media to track down the Ross Geller lookalike.

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Abdulah Husseni, 36, is not David Schwimmer (Image: Blackpool Police)

After the appeal went viral, Schwimmer responded with a tongue-in-cheek Twitter video that showed him mimicking the original surveillance camera image by walking through a shop clutching a bag of cans.

Schwimmer joked: "Officers, I swear it wasn't me. As you can see, I was in New York.

"To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation. #itwasntme," he added.

The star played paleontology professor Ross in 236 episodes of the iconic sitcom between 1994 and 2004.

Husseni was finally arrested last month, but is now once again a fugitive.

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