Crime

Selfie Leads Authorities To Prison Escapee

| by Daniel Rivera

An escapee from an Idaho prison is in custody after posting selfies on social media.

Nicholas Grove escaped from Payette County Jail on Aug. 26, 2014, after he scaled a razor wire fence, reports KBOI. He was arrested in Tulum, Mexico on Nov. 6.

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Grove took to Facebook to describe his life days after his escape, and included selfie photos of where he was staying and referenced Cancun, Mexico.

"I've had more help from total strangers than any of my 'friends' or 'family,'" Grove wrote on Facebook after his escape.

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Authorities said Grove's posts aided in the investigation and his capture.

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

Grove was initially serving time for charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, an invalid license and possession of burglary tools.

According to LexisNexis survey from 2012, four out of five law enforcement officials use social media platforms to aid in investigations.

Sources: Fox 31 Denver, LexisNexis / Photo credit: Screenshot via KBOI