Hostage Standoff Gives Status Updates Via Facebook

Posted: June 22, 2011 in Uncategorized
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You Got To Be Shitting Me Entry# 15

June 22 2011

By Adriana Diaz- Trending Now

A 16-hour hostage stand-off last week was updated in real time on Facebook by the suspect, authorities say. Jason Valdez, who was wanted on drug possession charges, took a woman hostage in a Utah motel while SWAT units held their positions outside. Throughout the overnight stand-off Valdez posted six Facebook updates about what was going on. His Facebook profile seems to have been removed, but according to the Associated Press his first post appeared at 11:23 p.m. “I’m currently in a standoff … kinda ugly, but ready for whatever.” He continued by saying, “I love u guyz and if I don’t make it out of here alive that I’m in a better place and u were all great friends.” Many of Valdez’s Facebook friends pleaded with him to “do the right thing” and surrender. One friend told Valdez via Facebook that police were hiding in bushes outside the motel, to which Valdez replied, “Thank you homie…Good looking out.” In his posts Valdez said his “hostage” was with him willingly and that police were putting her life in danger. Valdez even uploaded pictures of himself with the woman, saying “Got a cute ‘Hostage’ huh.” Early the next morning, SWAT members rushed the room and Valdez shot himself. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Police may investigate whether Valdez’s friends who gave him police location information on Facebook acted illegally.


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