Vladimir Putin arrested near West Palm Beach Publix Supermarket

Vladimir Putin August 2016 by Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office_209730

Sharing a name with a world leader has its advantages – and its drawbacks.

It may be easier to get a reservation at a high-end restaurant with a mile-long waiting list, for example.  However, if the tables are turned and you get into trouble, a famous name means that news of your alleged wrongdoing could quickly spread.

That is certainly the case for Vladimir Putin, a man with an unknown Florida address who was arrested by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on August 21, 2016.

Putin is not Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, but he is making headlines nonetheless.

FILE PHOTO: Vladimir Putin Photo Credit: AP Images AP_703971202432

The 48-year-old Florida resident is facing two charges, one of trespassing and one of resisting an officer following an incident outside of a Publix Supermarket in downtown West Palm Beach.

According to WCBS12 in West Palm Beach, Putin allegedly had a verbal altercation with some people outside of the grocery store.  He later told officers “he missed his ride.”

An initial appearance was made by Putin in court yesterday.  He was released and is scheduled to answer the charges sometime next month.

As of this posting there has been no official response from the Russian Federation regarding the arrest of the “other Vladimir Putin.”

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