Why was Catfish’s Average Joe Sumeniski arrested?

Catfish Joe or Average Joe is Joseph Sumeriski

Tonight’s “Catfish: The Reunion Show” on MTV was quite the dramatic doozy with lots and lots of tension between most of the couples they brought back. Though Mhissy and Jasmine clearly had the most animosity between them, Kari Ann Peniche impersonator Rose and “Average Joe” weren’t far behind as they answered questions very abruptly, seemingly without even being able to look at each other.

One particular exchange raised a number of virtual eyebrows (including this blogger’s):

Max: After the show aired did you talk at all?

Joe: Nope.

Rose: No, he got arrested after the show.

Joe: Oh, I did.

Rose: Yeah, he texted me and told me he got arrested. That’s the last thing I heard from him. Ever.

SuChin Pak: Because of what happened on the show? Or … something different?

Joe: No, just being – being stupid and – yeah.

So what the heck did Joe do?!? Did he lock someone up in his beat up car with chains all over it? Did he crash his four-wheeler while intoxicated? As is often the case, the truth is stranger than fiction.

We located this little blurb from a local police blotter in Joe’s (full name Jospeh Sumeniski) hometown of Warsaw, New York on May 1, 2012:

Joseph Sumeriski, 20, of Warsaw was charged with criminal possession of stolen property, petit larceny and trespassing.

He allegedly stole returnable cans and bottles. He was jailed in lieu of $250 bail and is to appear May 9 in Village Court.

Now that’s old school! Do they even still make “returnable” cans and bottles? I know you can get 10¢ for bottles and cans in Michigan — or at least you used to be able to. Do they do that in New York as well?

* I want to thank Kovey from Twitter as well — she tweeted the above information to us while I was doing my best Nev and Max by tracking it down myself. I saw the tweet after about 15 minutes of research and the room was filled with a resounding “D’oh!” Gotta trust that the Twitter peeps will come through!

Sadly, I have been unable to turn up a mug shot photo of Average Joe yet to add to Sunny’s in our quickly growing Catfish mug shot gallery. If anybody knows where I can find it, just comment below!

As far as photos of Rose, those are a little easier to come by! She seems to spend a lot of her time in front of the camera lens wearing as little as possible:

Catfish Rose Chiauzzi modeling photo
  • alex2526

    Yes in Michigan it is still 10 cents a can for returns.

  • Whitney

    As soon as he confirmed he’d been arrested, I looked at my friend & said “I bet Starcasm finds out why before morning!” I was right. Good job, Starcasm 🙂

    • Whitney

      I found something that says he was arrested for possession of marijuana on 5/5/12

  • Inmaine10

    No they do not have returnables in New york

    • painter1250

      Yes we do in NY! $.05 per bottle or can. Have a whole bag in my garage.

    • TheKING


  • Emily

    You won’t be able to find a mugshot, NY does not release mugshots to the public.

  • That photo looks photoshopped

  • amberc88

    rose is uglyyyyyyyyyyyy

    • Guest

      and where’s your pic at?

      • Guest

        ^ LOL Looks like Rose has more free time on her hands.

    • Max

      Really? Crazy narcissistic bitch? Absolutely. Ugly? Not at all.

  • Jenn

    Why in the world would you need a reunion show for a show like this? I understand a “Where are they now?” type of episode after it has aired for a while, but I just feel like a reunion for a show like this is nothing but more embarrassment for these people and to add more cash in Nev’s pocket.

    • CEE

      yeah its bad enough they have to meet the first time. i close my eyes a lottt

  • TheKING

    Hey JERKS, many states have recyclable cans and bottles (ME, VT, CT, MA, NY, HI, OR) besides MI!

  • Da cooliest

    He is sooooooo ugly. It annoys me that he actually thought any decent looking female would actually be interested in him

    • Butch’s Law Degree

      He’s not as bad as Rose. She has to related to Sarah Jessica Parker.

  • LOL

    Someone needs to hook Joe up with the real Kari Ann! They’re both such hot messes. Only minus the hot and triple the mess. Seriously though, what an idiot. And I can’t believe some people say Rose is hot. Am I looking at the same person? She’s a total butterface.

  • Recycler Tree Hugger

    Only 6 states have returnable cans and bottles. Which was shocking and sad for me to learn recently.

  • Dani

    Good heavens, not even photoshop and help that face. A paper bag would be more effective.

  • Lemon

    I’m pretty sure that’s Rose’s head on someone else’s body.

    Joe was probably caught stealing the cans and bottles from a recycling center with the intent to re-redeem them.

  • Jennifer

    LOL he actually thought a model would be into him..

  • Wes

    This doesn’t sound cool enough, could Rose have found out then dropped the ball on him? Thought he was nerdy and not boy material for her which for a chick like this you better be able to go beyond. Just like Rose can’t be happy like this.

  • Warsaw, NY

    Joe Sumeriski is a drug addicted woman beater.