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April 10, 2012

Fugitive Updates Facebook Status

By Julie Griffin, Contributing Writer

26 year-old Travis A. Nicolaysen of Washington is a felon on the run. Since last Wednesday, Nicolaysen has managed to escape authorities despite two separate foot chases and a team of search dogs. Incredibly, Nicolaysen has managed to update his Facebook (News - Alert) status throughout the event.

Reports indicate that Nicolaysen changed his relationship status to “single” last Saturday, but Nicolaysen is not exactly an eligible bachelor. The change came after Nicolaysen was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Along with facing assault charges, Nicolaysen is a convicted felon who has been charged for burglary, theft of a firearm and domestic violence. His failure to check in with his parole officer since January is among the many reasons the police are after him.

After a friend warned Nicolaysen on Facebook, “Cops all over you,” Nicolaysen responded with, “ya got away thanks bro.”

Nicolaysen’s aunt, Terri Newell has told the press, “That’s my boy,” and “I think it’s hilarious.” But not everybody shares Aunt Terri’s stick-it-to-the-man attitude. Friends have posted urgent pleas that Nicolaysen turn himself in. One such post states, “You’re not getting any younger and you’re looking at a lot of time.”

Some reports claim that Nicolaysen, a father of at least two known children, has been using Facebook to ask friends if he can crash at their houses or even to tell them of his whereabouts. All of this activity has made many question how a fugitive who is brazenly using searchable media remains at large. Don’t authorities have access to this information?

When the Associated Press asked the Port Angeles, Washington police about Nicolaysen’s Facebook activity, an officer told them, “I don’t think it’s going to make it easier for him.”

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