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April 16, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Port Angeles fugitive who taunted police on Facebook is arrested

A Port Angeles fugitive who gained national attention for taunting police on Facebook was arrested today.

Travis Nicolaysen was found hiding in a house in the 500 block of East 12th Street around 2:20 p.m, said Port Angeles Deputy Police Chief Brian A. Smith.  After negotiating with him to come out of the home’s basement, the 26-year-old man was arrested and taken to the Clallam County Jail.  

Nicolaysen was wanted on several state Department of Corrections-related warrants and a domestic-violence related incident, Smith said.

Since police started looking for him in early April,  Nicolaysen told his friends he was safe and poked fun at police on posts on Facebook.  His first day on the run, one friend of Nicolaysen posted to his account: “Cops all over you.” Nicolaysen responded the next day with: “ya got away thanks bro,” according to Times news partner KING-TV.

While on the run, Nicolaysen even changed his relationship status from “in a relationship” to “single.”

Nicolaysen has been convicted of five felonies, including domestic violence, burglary and theft of a firearm, according to KING. He has been wanted by DOC since January, when he failed to check in with his community corrections officer, said Selena Davis, a DOC spokeswoman.

Smith said that he wasn’t surprised that Nicolaysen had been caught he said that with all of the attention focused on the man it was only a matter of time before he was back in jail.

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