The man started discussing the negotiations of police activity on Facebook. He talked to his friends and relatives about the situation and posted a photo of himself and his hostage. Police were not sure how to shut down his page. The CNN news story on this situation explains that both good and bad can come of using social media for fighting crime:
- During the stand off, relatives and friends were posting on Valdez’s page encouraging him to do the right thing and let the girl go.
- Others tipped Jason off to police movements and police began to fear others might help him in other ways.
- Police feared the fugitives supporters might come on the scene. Since social media helps news travel faster than any other form of communication, supporters, who knew what was going on the instant it was happening could have come on to the location making things much more complex for police.