WA Man with 'Fugitive' Status Keeps Updating Facebook - Legally Weird
Legally Weird - The FindLaw Legal Curiosities Blog

WA Man with 'Fugitive' Status Keeps Updating Facebook

Facebook sure can be addicting, even for guys on the go. And even, it seems, if you're running from the cops like Travis A. Nicolaysen of Port Angeles, Wash.

Nicolaysen, 26 -- who lists his job title as "Boss" at "da game," according to his Facebook profile -- remains a fugitive after officers and a police dog chased him on foot, the local Peninsula Daily News reports. But the wanted man was apparently still updating his Facebook page, up until a few days ago.

"Cops all over you," one friend posted on Nicolaysen's wall after the foot chase April 4. "[Y]a got away thanks bro," Nicolaysen replied the day after.

What fugitive Travis Nicolaysen doesn't say in his Facebook updates is that he's wanted for a parole violation -- he hasn't checked-in with his parole officer since January, the Daily News reports.

Nicolaysen, a father of two according to his Facebook page, is also wanted for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend in March. Nicolaysen has prior convictions for domestic violence, burglary, and theft of a firearm.

The relationship with his girlfriend is over -- or at least it appeared that way on Saturday: Nicolaysen updated his status from "in a relationship" to "single" while on the lam, the Daily News reports. (If the post still exists, it's no longer available for public viewing.)

If Nicolaysen is caught, he'll likely face an additional charge for evading police. If anyone helped hide him, they could face a charge of aiding and abetting, or being an accessory.

As for Port Angeles police, they don't have the technology to track a fugitive's movements via Facebook, the Daily News reports. But Facebook's policy states the company "may" share a user's information in response to a legal request. So far, there hasn't been one.

On Facebook, one woman who identified herself as Nicolaysen's aunt posted, "haha just goes to show how stupid and corrupt the cops in this town are !!! run travis run, i love you!!"

It seems Travis Nicolaysen has now gone silent on Facebook, after his initial fugitive status updates. Maybe he doesn't "like" the fact that the cops are probably checking in on him as well.

Related Resources: