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Like all good sagas, the story of Travis A. Nicolaysen's run from the law ended Monday, with police in Port Angeles arresting the now-famous Facebooking

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Facebook Fugitive Travis A. Nicolaysen Found in Basement, Arrested

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Like all good sagas, the story of Travis A. Nicolaysen's run from the law ended Monday, with police in Port Angeles arresting the now-famous Facebooking fugitive after he was discovered staying in the basement of a house at 529 E. 12th Street. According to the Peninsula Daily News, police were tipped off to Nicolaysen's whereabouts, and he was taken into custody without incident around 2 p.m. yesterday.

As you'll recall, Nicolaysen, wanted on parole violations and suspected of assaulting his girlfriend on March 28, reached worldwide notoriety after eluding police almost two weeks ago and then taking the time to Facebook while on the run. Countless media outlets, including Daily Weekly, picked up Nicolaysen's story, noting that he'd changed his relationship status while on the lam, and highlighting the comments of friends and family members posted to his profile - some encouraging Nicolaysen to keep running, and others urging him to turn himself in.

According to the Peninsula Daily News story, Nicolaysen had been staying in the basement of the home where he was found for three days, and the owner of the home was not aware of his fugitive status. Port Angeles Deputy Police Chief Brian Smith told the Daily News, "He basically came up from the basement and surrendered."

No word on whether Nicolaysen was playing Farmville at the time of his arrest.

From the Peninsula Daily News story:

City police, sheriff's deputies, state corrections officers and a U.S. Marshals fugitive task force responded.

"We deployed ourselves in a manner that would be instantly visible and established a perimeter, like we always do," Smith said.

And ...

A Port Angeles police dog team was called to the scene, but Nicolaysen had surrendered before the dog unit arrived.

Police said Nicolaysen has been convicted of five felonies, including domestic violence, residential burglary, theft of a firearm and court-order violations.

It was a good run, but as noted above all strange sagas eventually come to an end.

Nicolaysen is expected in court today. He's expected to be wearing a shirt.

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