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Fugitives Who Love Facebook: The Next Big Crime Wave

From The Daily Beast:

Accused felons on the lam are bragging about their exploits online—and police are using the evidence against them.

Travis A. Nicolaysen’s Facebook page lists his occupation as “boss” at “da game.” Which is his way of admitting he has no job. What does he do otherwise? Lately, he runs from the police.

“Cops all over you,” wrote one of Nicolaysen’s buddies on a post earlier this month. “Ya got away thanks bro,” he shot back the next day. “Lol u better be careful man,” came another friend’s advice, 20 minutes later.

Nicolaysen did get away, according to a Port Angeles, Wash. police bulletin, but his Facebook page may help land him back in jail. That “got away thanks bro,” if prosecutors can prove he’s the one who posted it, could amount to evidence that he’s deliberately trying to elude police and obstruct justice.

Welcome to cops-and-robbers 2.0. By the time “Barefoot Bandit” Colton Harris-Moore got nabbed for stealing boats and planes, he had become a Facebook folk hero, with more than 85,000 online fans cheering him on and offering advice about how to escape arrest. Jake England and Alvin Watts, the pair accused of a racially motivated shooting spree in Tulsa on Good Friday, have also delivered prosecutors a tidy batch of Facebook postings that will almost certainly be used to convince a jury that the two were motivated by hate, targeting their victims because they were black.

By comparison, Nicolaysen is small potatoes. The five-time convicted felon has been on the lam since failing to check in with his probation officer in January. That prompted a warrant for his arrest, along with charges that he seriously injured his girlfriend in a March 28 assault.

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