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Wanted man challenges UPD: "catch me if you can," and they do

By WKTV News

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (WKTV) - A man who was wanted for allegedly threatening to kill is ex-girlfriend was captured in Brooklyn, after challenging Utica Police on Facebook to catch him, and telling them where he was.

On Monday, July 25, 2011, members of the NY/NJ US Marshals Regional Task Force in Utica, working in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals office in Brooklyn, arrested Ruben Burgos, 29, on numerous arrest warrants for domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend in Utica.

It is alleged that on June 6, 2011, Burgos called his ex-girlfriend several times throughout the day and threatened to kill her. The ex-girlfriend reported the incidents to police and three counts of first-degree criminal contempt and two counts of second-degree aggravated harassment were filed against Burgos.

At the time of the offenses, a valid order of protection was in effect directing Burgos to refrain from engaging in acts of aggravated harassment, threats or intimidation against his ex-girlfriend.

Before police could arrest Burgos on those charges, though, he fled to New York City and arrest warrants were issued from Utica City Court, with a bail amount of $32,000.

Recently, Burgos issued a challenge to the Utica Police via his Facebook page, saying "catch me if you can, I'm in Brooklyn."

They did, and Burgos was transported back to Utica by the U.S. Marshals Service and turned over to Investigators from the Utica Police Department's Warrants Division.

Burgos' challenge on Facebook has since been deleted from the page, police said.

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