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Too much information? Man posts Facebook updates during 16-hour police standoff

Jason Valdez had held a woman hostage for 16 hours, continually updating his Facebook as police wait outside.

Image: Jason Valdez via Facebook

IT IS THOUGHT that a Utah man has won the ignominious distinction of becoming the first hostage-taker to document their activities through Facebook.

Jason Valdez, 36, took a female hostage at a motel in Ogden on Saturday evening and continue to post Facebook status updates – and, indeed, photographs – throughout the 16-hour situation.

Valdez even received a tip from a friend, who was watching the situation unfold on TV, that a SWAT agent was hiding in the bushes outside the motel.

The incident eventually ended when a SWAT team burst into the room. Valdez shot himself in the chest in the moments that followed and remains in a critical condition in hospital.

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