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Wanted Pasco man posts on sheriff's Facebook

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A 23-year-old New Port Richey man was arrested after commenting on the Pasco County Sheriff's Facebook page.

Every day the Pasco Sheriff's Office posts a "Fugitive of the day" to their Facebook page. It includes information about a person they are looking to arrest.

On July 10, Pasco County Sheriff's officials posted Matthew Oliver's picture on their Facebook page. "This is Matthew Oliver a 23 year old male from the New Port Richey area. The Pasco Sheriff's Office holds an active warrant for his arrest in reference to a Robbery," the Facebook post read.

Officials said, within minutes Mr. Oliver "started posting comments under his own ‘wanted' picture on [the] agency FB page." In all, Mr. Oliver commented nearly a dozen times on the sheriff's post.

"Why should I have to leave work and sit in jail with a 10000 dollar bond? Were in a recession fyi and I don't have the kind of money or assets laying around to afford to sit in jail for something I didn't do," Oliver commented.

Oliver added in another comment, "I've been in the hospital since the end of April its hard to prove something when I'm hooked up to Antibiotics. And now I'm out what do you think I'm doing? My innocence shouldn't have to be proven when there's proof on paper that I was somewhere else, the police should pay a little more attention to what there[sic] doing before they just start declaring people Fugitives and putting Warrants out. This isn't Nazi Germany, there's[sic] certain procedures that need to be followed and I doubt any of them were."

In response to Oliver's comment, the Facebook account 'Pasco Fugitive Warrants' replied, "I have verified that Matt's post about being in the hospital is true. In an earlier post, I provided a telephone number for him to call us. If he feels he does not fit the definition of the word 'fugitive,' I will be hearing from him."

On Friday, members of the Fugitive Warrants Unit arrested Oliver at an apartment without any resistance.

Official's credit the daily posts on the popular social networking site with helping them make arrests, noting this was the first time a fugitive had commented on their own Facebook post.

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