Fugitive nabbed after announcing plans on Facebook

CALDWELL -- A Boise man might be rethinking his social media strategy after an online post led to his arrest Saturday.

Police say 22-year-old Joey John Patterson had been on the run from officers for several months. He was wanted on a felony warrant for violating his probation in a Twin Falls fraud case.

The suspect updated his Facebook status Saturday afternoon, saying he was headed to batting practice at the softball field at the Armory Softball Field, and inviting others to join him.

Patterson got more company than he bargained for when officers showed up at the field and took him into custody.

Caldwell Police Sgt. Joey Hoadley said using social media to track down a fugitive was not that unusual.

"We keep a close eye on that stuff," he said. "Surprisingly, even fugitives can't keep from updating their Facebook status, and it leads to some great arrests."

Patterson was booked into the Canyon County Jail, where he is being held without bond.


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