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Facebook boasts lead to arrest

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By Alice Du Pont

Facebook postings sealed the fate of 26-yer-old Van Lucas McCloud Jr., about 5 a.m. March 29 on Elm Street in Quincy.

Lucas had been wanted since Sept. 20, 2012, in connection with accessory after the fact in a Quincy robbery in which he is accused of driving the getaway car.

“He kept bragging on Facebook that ‘local police are never going to catch me,’ ‘I’m too smart for them’ and ‘I’m right here and they’re not going to get me,’” said Capt. Jim Corder of the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office.

“But around Friday morning around 5 a.m. we paid him a house call. He was so surprised he couldn’t do anything. We had information hat he was at a girlfriend’s house of Elm Street in Quincy, and we picked him up,” Corder said.

McCloud had been close to getting caught two other times, but slipped out of the grasp of authorities. Corder said once they chased him from Pat Thomas Parkway to the Sawdust Community before he got away.

“That probably made him think he was invincible,” he said.

McCloud is in the Gadsden County jail. His bond was set at $100,000 bond.