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Ruben J. Burgos apparently didn’t read the cautionary tale of Craig “Lazie” Lynch. Burgos decided, after making the Utica, NY top-ten most wanted list that it would be a good idea to post a “Catch me if you can, I’m in Brooklyn” update on his personal Facebook page. Well, they could, and they did.
Burgos had been wanted for three counts of criminal contempt and two of aggravated harassment of his ex-girlfriend (which included death threats). It was probably unwise to taunt the police, but it wasn’t any smarter for him to post a video of himself walking into an unidentified NYPD station house.
Burgos was located and arrested soon thereafter. He was found sitting in front of a computer posting on Facebook when NYPD detectives and U.S. Marshals burst into an apartment in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. It’s unclear if he was posting yet another taunt, or not.
Burgos may have thought he could have stay out of jail as long as Craig “Lazie” Lynch did. Lynch was on the run for months while continually taunting U.K. authorities on Facebook. The thing is, Lynch didn’t tell authorities the city where he was. Lynch also wasn’t staying in one location; he had escaped from minimum security Hollesley Bay Prison near the village of Woodbridge in southern England, and managed to elude the police for a few months.
It’s unclear if Facebook and an ISP helped the authorities to find Burgos. It’s possible that good old police work was enough to find him, but it’s also possible his location could have been narrowed down via his IP address.
Facebook was also involved in another recent incident. In June, Jason Valdez continued to update his Facebook status as he held off police in the middle of a hostage standoff.