Tuesday, December 27, 2011

If you want to rob a woman, make sure she doesn't have a Facebook account

People often use Facebook statuses to share exciting news about their lives. But a dire Facebook post last weekend saved the lives of a Utah woman and her 17-month-old-son after they were held hostage in their own home for five days.

Salt Lake City Police Sgt. Jon Arnold told the Associated Press that the woman hid in a closet with a laptop from which she posted a cry for help, saying she and her child would be "dead by morning" if someone didn't intervene.

The post prompted a friend to call police, who were dispatched to the woman's home to check in on her.

"Facebook was her only outlet that she had at the home," Arnold said. "It just happened that she was able to use it."

Police on Saturday arrested and detained 33-year-old Troy Reed Critchfield while they investigated charges of aggravated kidnapping, forcible sodomy, aggravated assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and animal cruelty, among other things, the AP said.