Travis Nicolaysen doesn't hide that he's running from police. Sometimes he even pops up on Facebook to provide updates and ask friends where he might crash for the night.
"Cops all over you," one friend posted to his page on Wednesday.
Nicolaysen replied, "got away thanks bro."
He has eluded them twice, in fact. The day after that Facebook exchange, police issued a statement asking for information leading to Nicolaysen's arrest. The 26-year-old hasn't checked in with his parole officer since January and is wanted for assaulting his girlfriend in March.
(She may now be an ex, however, as Nicolaysen changed his relationship status on Facebook from "in a relationship" to "single," according to the Peninsula Daily News.)
During last week's chase, police nearly nabbed the fugitive: "Officer John Nutter was in a short foot pursuit with Nicolaysen before losing sight of him," the statement said.
Nicolaysen is described as 5-foot-7 with long wavy brown hair that he wears in a braid or a ponytail. Sometimes, he has a moustache, other times a full beard. He has a small tear drop tattoo near the outer corner of his left eye -- culturally known as a symbol that the person has killed someone.
Meantime, a debate rages on Nicolaysen's Facebook page. Some friends want him to be a better example to his young children.
One woman wrote: "Your not getting any younger and your looking at alot of time. I love ya man but set an example for your kids. Don't wait till they're teens and pulling the same sh-- like I did."
But his aunt, Teri Newell told the Associated Press that she found it "hilarious"that her nephew was still checking in on Facebook.
"That's my boy, Travis," she said. "Every single time he gets out of jail, he doesn't check in."
She told the AP she doesn't know where he is.
"If he's smart, he's hidden away, tucked away safe," she said.
After the interview with the AP, Newell wrote on her nephew's wall: "They wanted to know if I thought you talking on facebook while on the run was funny. Hell yes I said, because the keystone cop of clown county couldn’t catch you haha."
Newell concluded: "run travis run I love you!!"
A Port Angeles attorney, Robert Vienneau, told the AP that Nicolaysen has done what he has to get by.
"Travis comes from a rough background, but he's got a good heart," Vienneau said.
His story recalls that of Colton Harris-Moore, the so-called Barefoot Bandit, who also grew up in Washington state and who outran police for years by stealing planes and hiding in the woods. Harris-Moore was sentenced in January to 6 1/2 years in prison.
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