Man takes hostage for 16 hours, updates Facebook

A Utah man holds a woman hostage for 16 hours in a motel. But, despite the tension, finds the time to update his Facebook status. His friends even reply with information about SWAT officers' location.

"I'm currently in a standoff...kinda ugly, but ready for whatever."

This is, perhaps, not the average Facebook update. But it seems that it's one that was posted by Jason Valdez, 36, while he reportedly held a woman hostage for 16 hours.

According to the Associated Press, Valdez held the woman in a motel in Ogden, Utah. While he was there, he used Facebook to send messages to his friends and his family.

It seems that Valdez had barricaded himself and the hostage in the motel room after the police attempted to serve a warrant for a felony drug offense.

However, during the standoff, he even posted pictures of himself and her to Facebook, with the immortal update: "Got a cute 'Hostage' huh."

In reply, friends warned him about SWAT team members that were positioned in the bushes.

It didn't end well.

When the SWAT team stormed the motel room, Valdez reportedly shot himself and is now in critical condition.

However, the Facebook posts--and the replies--make for macabre reading.

For example, Valdez posted: "I'm currently in a stand off wit these shady [epithet] from old, 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."

To which one acquaintance replied: "dude you're an idiot."

Screenshot: Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

And when Valdez posted: "They shut our phones down but were okay, everyones comments mean alot. But how this ends is on the cops now. And my HOSTAGE as they call her is perfectly fine and holding it down wit me," there were a myriad comments begging him to get his head straight.

For example, from another friend: "Jason please do what right! Remember you have friends and family that love you! walk out ALIVE! XOXOXO`S."

The police are reportedly not yet sure whether to charge some of Valdez's friends with obstruction after they used Facebook to warn him of police activity.

 

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