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Warning to Polk County Criminals: Don’t Taunt Sheriff Judd

Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County, FL doesn’t take taunts lightly. Wanted felon Logan Hale would have been smart to know that before he started deriding the sheriff on Facebook.

Logan Hale, 21, wanted on felony charges, was eluding law enforcement who were having problems locating him. The Polk County Sheriff’s Facebook page featured Mr. Hale as their #FridayFelon on a recent Friday.

Hale and partner in crime Tyler Thornton, 20, were wanted in connection with a burglary that had occurred in the Lakeland area on August 3rd, 2015. A stolen gun and other household items tied both to the crime. The items were found in a nearby pawn shop, according to a police Facebook post, along with surveillance photos of the two pawning the stolen goods. Thornton was quickly apprehended soon after the burglary and the #FridayFelon post. Jordan Hale was still free and couldn’t be found by police.

That’s when Hale began to taunt Pasco County Sheriff Judd on Facebook. Hale changed his name on his Facebook page to “Logan Finallyfree Hale”, but he didn’t stop there. Hale sent a reply to the sheriff’s post, right on the sheriff’s page, which started the string of replies by law enforcement and escalating taunts by Hale.

Hale posted he was right under the sheriff’s nose and the sheriff replied it would be a good idea for Hale to turn himself in. Hale continued to jeer at the police on Facebook, saying deputies still couldn’t locate him. Law enforcement replied, even offering a ride.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office: “Logan Finallyfree Hale – remaining “at large” is only going to result in your having to change your FB name from “Finally free” to “Back In Jail” – it would be wise for you to turn yourself into the nearest PCSO facility. Or give us a call – we’ll be happy to provide transportation. 863-298-6200.”

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The fact that Hale was openly insulting police backfired on him. Sheriff Judd held a public press conference, covered by most of the local news stations. The Facebook exchanges went viral in local Pasco, Polk, Pinellas, and Hillsborough counties. The amount of attention drew a sharp focus to the fugitive and the pressure was on the police force to get their man.

Logan Hale was arrested shortly after these posts were exchanged and also shared by many in the local area. Hale was arrested on August 21st in Lakeland when spotted in a car by law enforcement.  

Sheriff Judd got the last laugh. His post on Facebook was poetic and as follows: “Logan Hale, you are on your way to jail. Your attempts to hide were to no avail. Maybe you’ll make bail. Either way, your Facebook taunts were an ‘epic fail’.”

Note to criminals in Polk County, don’t taunt the sheriff, he’ll only double down on you.

Warning to Polk County Criminals: Don’t Taunt Sheriff Judd

Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County, FL doesn’t take taunts lightly. Wanted felon Logan Hale would have been smart to know that before he started deriding the sheriff on Facebook.

Logan Hale, 21, wanted on felony charges, was eluding law enforcement who were having problems locating him. The Polk County Sheriff’s Facebook page featured Mr. Hale as their #FridayFelon on a recent Friday.

Hale and partner in crime Tyler Thornton, 20, were wanted in connection with a burglary that had occurred in the Lakeland area on August 3rd, 2015. A stolen gun and other household items tied both to the crime. The items were found in a nearby pawn shop, according to a police Facebook post, along with surveillance photos of the two pawning the stolen goods. Thornton was quickly apprehended soon after the burglary and the #FridayFelon post. Jordan Hale was still free and couldn’t be found by police.

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That’s when Hale began to taunt Pasco County Sheriff Judd on Facebook. Hale changed his name on his Facebook page to “Logan Finallyfree Hale”, but he didn’t stop there. Hale sent a reply to the sheriff’s post, right on the sheriff’s page, which started the string of replies by law enforcement and escalating taunts by Hale.

Hale posted he was right under the sheriff’s nose and the sheriff replied it would be a good idea for Hale to turn himself in. Hale continued to jeer at the police on Facebook, saying deputies still couldn’t locate him. Law enforcement replied, even offering a ride.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office: “Logan Finallyfree Hale – remaining “at large” is only going to result in your having to change your FB name from “Finally free” to “Back In Jail” – it would be wise for you to turn yourself into the nearest PCSO facility. Or give us a call – we’ll be happy to provide transportation. 863-298-6200.”

The fact that Hale was openly insulting police backfired on him. Sheriff Judd held a public press conference, covered by most of the local news stations. The Facebook exchanges went viral in the Pasco, Polk, Pinellas, and Hillsborough counties area. The amount of attention drew a sharp focus to the fugitive and the pressure was on the police force to get their man.

Logan Hale was arrested shortly after these posts were exchanged and also shared by many in the local area. Hale was arrested on August 21st in Lakeland when spotted in a car by law enforcement.  

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Sheriff Judd got the last laugh. His post on Facebook was poetic and as follows: “Logan Hale, you are on your way to jail. Your attempts to hide were to no avail. Maybe you’ll make bail. Either way, your Facebook taunts were an ‘epic fail’.”

Note to criminals in Polk County, don’t taunt the sheriff, he’ll only double down on you.