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US felon posts selfies on Facebook, arrested in Tulum

Cancun, Q.R. – For the second time this month, an American fugitive has been arrested in the small resort town of Tulum.

The 38-year-old Idaho man was jailed for several weeks and was facing charges of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, as well as carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, possession of burglary tools and an invalid driver’s license.

Authorities say that on August 26, 2014, Grove was seen climbing over a razor wire fence and dashing away. After his escape, he took to social media posting, “I’ve had more help from total strangers than any of my ‘friends’ or family.”

U.S. Marshall, Brian Underwood said that, “Social media certainly played a role originally because this certain individual bragged about his escape on Facebook.”

Police had been monitoring Grove’s Facebook page that often included posts of various parts of Cancun as well as selfies. They found him through his social media postings. The U.S. Marshal’s Service says 38-year-old Nicholas Grove was recently arrested in Tulum, Mexico, and was turned over to U.S. authorities.

Underwood said that Grove is being transported to Idaho.

“He caused us some grief and we’re glad to see that he’s off the streets and hopefully he’ll get his day in court in Payette County,” Payette County Sheriff, Chad Huff said. He added that improvements have since been at the jail to make escapes more difficult.


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