Temple: Fugitive whose posts went viral not sure why he was on 'Most Wanted' list
A Central Texas man on the Bell County Crime Stoppers “Most Wanted” list who exchanged Facebook posts with a local constable before he was finally arrested in Midland, says he’s not sure why he ended up on the list.
D'andre Green, who was wanted for a probation violation stemming from an assault of a family member, exchanged posts with Bell County Pct. 3 Constable Thomas Prado last month that went viral.
"I know a lot of wanted people that have been wanted for a long time and never been on this list, so I didn't see why I would be on it," Green said.
Bell County Crime Stoppers is run out of the Killeen Police Department and puts out a most wanted list using information from local departments.
Green, however, wasn’t listed on the website.
Police say the list on which Green’s name appeared actually came from the Bell County Parole Office.
Although Crime Stoppers will accept anonymous tips for any cases, officials say they were never given Green's name to put on the list.
His offense which is usually a misdemeanor was bumped up to a felony because he was charged with the same crime in 2013.
Green was held in Midland for 10 days before he was transferred to the Bell County Jail.
Family and friends posted his $5,000 bond.
Prado, who is well known for finding a bit of fun in a serious line of work, re-posts the offenders on the Crime Stoppers list on the Pct. 3 Facebook page.
Sometimes "the wanted" on the list will reach out privately to discuss turning themselves in, but that wasn’t the case with Green.
The constable got a public response, straight from what seemed to be Green's Facebook profile that said: "I’m on an island sippin’ mojitos- I'll call when I make it back to town... Kisses, kisses, kisses.”
“Normally they don't respond on Facebook. They’ll give me a call on the phone, but what can you do?" Prado said.
Prado sent back an “lol” and got more replies in which Green said he caught a sale on cruise tickets, adding that he'll turn himself in when he gets back.
"It’s' just too funny you know," Prado said.
The back-and-forth banter generated more than 100,000 views and produced a direct message from Green.
"I can't tell you what he said, but we talked. He's an OK guy. I don't have a problem with him," Prado said.