Being a fugitive 101, don’t post info about your location on Facebook
The criminal imbecile of the week award goes to Alabama fugitive James Tindell.
James Tindell had been convicted in 2009 for stealing a backpack from a 17 year old boy in Multnomah County , Oregon. (For those of you television crime show trivia experts who wonder why that county name sounds familiar, it was where Richard Kimble stopped briefly in episode 87 of The Fugitive)
Tindell could have received 70 months in jail for robbery, but he plea bargained down to 5 years of probation and mandatory drug treatment. He complied with the conditions of the sentence for a while and then skipped town, winding up in Alabama.
But merely skipping town wasn’t enough for Tindell, he decided to taunt , on Facebook, his probation officer, Todd Roberts, as well as Eric Bloch, the county judge who had sentenced him.
He posted on his own Facebook page and those of his friends, many of whom he met through court appearances.
“Fresh out of another state,” he wrote in April, “catch me if you can.”
A short time later, he signed an expletive-filled rant about the criminal justice system: “the 1 who got away.”
However, he did not count on Roberts reading the other messages that he left , such as “I’m in Alabama.”