Daily Archives: June 23, 2011

Stupid Things People Do On Social Sites Part:2

A 16-hour standoff with police ended with a suspect who was holed up in a motel room allegedly shooting himself, but not before posting updates

 about the tense situation on Facebook.

Jason Valdez, 36, was wanted on a felony drug warrant in Ogden, Utah, but refused to come out of a motel room there and refused to let an acquaintance in the room with him go free.

Police tried serving the warrant at around 5 p.m. last Friday, but Valdez barricaded himself in the room with the aquaintance, a woman. That led to a SWAT team on the scene, and police and family members trying to negotiate with Valdez. During those subsequent 16 hours, Valdez posted photos and updates on Facebook, according to police.

“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,” was among the first things he said on the social networking site, according to police.

Family members and friends were using Facebook to communicate with Valdez. One friend posted: “Hey jason. im praying for u. i hope u make the right decision. god is wit u. listen to him. much love,” according to KSL-TV.

Valdez also put word forth on Facebook around the next morning that he would release the acquaintance-turned-hostage, identified as “Veronica.”

“Well everyone im letting Veronica go here real soon but this is the end,” he said on Facebook.

Once the SWAT team finally got into the motel room, according to theStandard-Examiner and KRIS-TV, Valdez fired at police, then shot himself in the chest. He was taken to an area hospital, where he remains in critical condition.


Can’t Believe the Stupid Things Done on Social Sites. Part I

Police arrested six suspects between the ages of 16 and 23 who allegedly wrecked up a hotel room, then put photos of the damage on Twitter.

Oh, and just to be thorough, the suspects also posted photos of the nearby spa area that was damaged, too, at the hotel in South Charleston, West Virginia.

The party-goers “caused about $13,885 in damage, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court,” reports the Charleston Gazette. “That total does not include damage the men had allegedly done to the hotel’s sprinkler system, the complaint states.”

South Charleston Police Officer E.M. Peterson said the suspects apparently rented the room to party. Three of the six “wrote messages back and forth on Twitter as they destroyed the hotel room, and posted pictures of the carnage along the way,” including photos of themselves, the newspaper said.

That made it pretty easy for police to ID and arrest the suspects.

“These kids handed me this case,” Peterson told the newspaper.




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