Patrick Osborn, Evening News Anchor

Washington Man on the Run from Cops Posts Facebook Updates

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Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(PORT ANGELES, Wash.) — Travis A. Nicolaysen is on the run from police, but he’s still posting periodic updates on his Facebook page, and has even changed his status from “in a relationship” to “single.”

The 26-year-old from Port Angeles, Wash., is wanted by the state’s Department of Corrections for failing to check in with his community corrections officer since January.

Court records indicate Nicolaysen has been convicted of multiple misdemeanors and felonies, among them theft, assault, burglary and violating an order of protection.

On his first day on the run, a friend posted to Nicolaysen’s account: “Cops all over you.” The following day, Nicolaysen replied on his page:  “Ya got away thanks bro.”

Nicolaysen, who is also accused of assaulting his girlfriend, changed his relationship status to “single” from “in a relationship,” the Peninsula Daily News has reported.

The paper said Nicolaysen went on the lam after slipping through a police dragnet Wednesday, the paper also reported.

On Facebook, some of Nicolaysen’s friends have encouraged him to turn himself in.

Facebook’s privacy policy says the company may share information in response to a legal request “if we have a good faith belief that the law requires us to do so.” The site also has limited ability to track users using GPS and IP addresses.

Teri Newell says she helped raise Nicolaysen. She described his on-the-lam Facebook updating as “hilarious,” and said the police were heavy-handed.

She said she doesn’t know where Nicolaysen is, but added: “If he’s smart, he’s hidden away, tucked away safe.”

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