A San Bernardino, California, woman may have made a murder investigation easier for detectives by allegedly confessing on Facebook to killing her boyfriend.
Cops responded to a 911 call about a man who had been stabbed during a domestic dispute on Jan. 11, the Los Angeles Times reported. The victim, 21-year-old Dorian Powell, was already dead by the time police arrived.
Detectives already suspected Powell's girlfriend, but 18-year-old Nakasia James may have helped them by allegedly confessing to the crime on Facebook. In a post made hours after the murder, James told her online friends that "pigs lookn for me" after stabbing Powell.
Powell was drunk and "hit mee in the face," James wrote, leading to an escalating physical conflict.
"Just goin tell ya [now] be4 i get caught..." James allegedly wrote. "...we was really fightn and I get the knife and stabbed him ddnt think I would hurt him BT I did he died and I'm on the run...BTsorry lord hopefully u forgive me! And sorry Dorian Powell rip."
The post, which has since been deleted, was sprinkled with emojis. San Bernardino police spokeswoman Eileen Hards told ABC affiliate KABC Los Angeles that "investigators have been monitoring her Facebook page and did see several of the posts that she made."
Police cautioned that they aren't taking the Facebook posts at face value.
"The Facebook postings are definitely a factor, but we have to be cognizant of the fact that anyone can post if they are on the account," Lt. Richard Lawhead told Dateline, according to NBC News. "There is other evidence that we have that indicates she is involved."
James may have returned to the apartment the next day, Lawhead said, and an unidentified gunman sprayed bullets at the apartment James and Powell shared in an apparent retaliatory shooting on Jan. 12. James wasn't in the apartment at the time, but her mother and brother were inside collecting her belongings.
"I'm sure it was in retaliation for the victim," apartment manager Melissa De Los Santos told ABC News, pointing out five visible bullet holes in one of the unit's windows.
Police took to Facebook to let the public know they're looking for James. As of Jan. 14, the San Bernardino woman was still on the run.