'Friends' star David Schwimmer's lookalike skips court appearance, warrant issued

No one told him life was gonna be this way.

An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday for a British theft suspect -- whose image went viral on social media due to the man's resemblance to “Friends” star David Schwimmer -- after he failed to show up for a court appearance.

Abdulah Husseni, 36, failed to appear in court in Blackpool on Tuesday to face charges of theft and fraud. He was arrested in Southall in November on suspicion of theft.

The man’s face became world famous after police published surveillance footage of a man carrying what appeared to be a case of beer from a restaurant in Blackpool. He was wanted for allegedly stealing a jacket, wallet and cellphone from a restaurant.

Fans of the 1994-2004 sitcom said they knew exactly who the alleged thief was – Ross Geller, the fictional character played by Schwimmer. Many Twitter users began making “Friends”-related jokes -- especially revolving around the show's catchy theme song, "I'll Be There For You."

“I don't think it's been this guy's day, his week, his month or even his year,” one fan wrote in one of the 101,000 comments that were left on the post, according to the BBC.

Police later confirmed Schwimmer was off the hook...but not before the 52-year-old actor took to Twitter in an attempt to “clear” himself.

“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,” he wrote below a video of him getting beer from a grocery store, a la the British suspect.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.