A Utah man proved that a police standoff is no reason to slack on updating a Facebook profile.
During a 16-hour standoff with police, he was able to update his profile six times and add at least a dozen new friends, all while holding a hostage.
Jason Valdez locked himself in a Western Colony Inn on Friday afternoon after police tried to serve him with a felony drug warrant for a missed court appearance, according to The Associated Press.
He took a woman hostage with him, though he said she was with him willingly and that the police “jeopardized her life by their actions.”
While he was locked in his room, he was able to make many Facebook posts, including this one at 11:23 pm:
I’m currently in a standoff… kinda ugly, but ready for whatever… 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.
Early in the morning, he posted two pictures of himself with the woman, writing, “Got a cute ‘Hostage’ huh.”
Later, he even got a tipoff from a friend on Facebook saying there was a police officer in the bushes nearby. Valdez thanked him in a reply message.
According to AP, the last post was at 7:25 a.m. Saturday:
Well i was lettin this girl go but these dumb bastards made an attempt to come in after i told them not to, so i popped off a couple more shots and now were startin all over again it seems…
But it wasn’t all fun and games for Valdez. SWAT officers stormed into the room an hour and a half after that last post. Police never fired, but he shot himself in the chest with a handgun. He’s in critical condition.
Court records show Valdez has a prior criminal history, including convictions for aggravated assault and domestic violence in front of a child, according to AP.
Police are deciding whether some of Valdez’s friends he was communicating to during the ordeal should be arrested and charged with obstruction of justice for interfering with a police investigation.
Do you think the friend who helped him on Facebook should be arrested for trying to help Valdez?