A Palm Coast man on the run from the law in Flagler County was arrested Wednesday in Citrus County after taunting deputies on social media, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.
Francisco Valdez, 29, who was wanted on a fugitive warrant for violation of probation for burglary of an occupied dwelling, was featured Feb. 9 in a "Fugitive Friday Bingo" video that the Sheriff's Office posts on its website and on social media each week.
Valdez left some comments on social media taunting the Sheriff’s Office and daring deputies to find him, according to a news release. In some of his comments, Valdez even requested payment for being featured as a wanted fugitive and decribed new signage at the county jail as "hilarious."
“Valdez thought it would be a good idea to make taunting comments on Facebook after he was featured on last Friday’s episode of 'Fugitive Friday Bingo,'" Sheriff Rick Staly said in the release. "This, obviously, was not the first bad idea he has had in his life.”
Members of the Sheriff's Office Fugitive Unit determined that Valdez was in Citrus County and asked the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office to assist. Deputies there arrested Valdez on Wednesday.
Valdez was being held Thursday in Citrus County without bail, according to Citrus County jail records. He will be brought back to Flagler County to face the charges against him, the release states.