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Fugitive Friday Bingo 'winner' who taunted Sheriff's Office on Facebook arrested

Francisco Valdez, 29, was wanted on a charge of burglarizing an unoccupied dwelling.

The latest “winner” of the weekly Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Friday Bingo segment was arrested in Citrus County night of Feb. 14 after almost a week of taunting the Sheriff's Office on social media, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

Valdez made multiple comments on the Facebook thread. (Photo courtesy of the FCSO)

Francisco Valdez, 29, was was featured on Fugitive Friday Bingo — run across social media to spotlight wanted fugitives from Flagler County and generate tips — as a wanted fugitive for violation of probation for burglary of an occupied dwelling.

Valdez chimed in on Facebook, leaving comments taunting the Sheriff’s Office, requesting payment for being featured as a wanted fugitive and calling the new signage at the Flagler County jail "hilarious."

“Valdez thought it would be a good idea to make taunting comments on Facebook after he was featured on last Friday’s episode of Fugitive Friday Bingo. This, obviously, was not the first bad idea he has had in his life,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in the news release. “Taunting the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office will only make you a bigger target on our radar. If you want to break into homes or commit crimes in Flagler County, we are coming for you. If you think you can run, you will only go to jail tired. He will now get a very good look at the new jail signs, which he finds ‘hilarious,’ when he is booked in to the Green Roof Inn.”

The FCSO Fugitive Unit determined that Valdez was in Citrus County and asked the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office to assist.

Citrus County deputies arrested Valdez on Flagler County’s fugitive warrant on Feb. 14, and he is being held under no bond. Valdez will be brought back to Flagler County where he will begin yet another stay at the Flagler County Jail.

One third of the inmates featured on the Fugitive Friday Bingo have been arrested. To view it, tune in every Friday on the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, YouTube channel or website

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