Cops: Suspect lost phone fleeing police; told Facebook friends not to call

A person holds an iPhone displaying the Facebook app logo in front of a computer screen, August 3, 2016.

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SCRANTON, Pa. — Authorities say a Pennsylvania drug suspect who dropped his cellphone while running away from police took to Facebook to warn his friends not to call that phone number.

Lackawanna County detectives say 25-year-old Scranton resident James Lee Hankins fled when police tried to arrest him for an undercover drug deal involving heroin and cocaine on Monday afternoon.

Police say a woman who knew Hankins let them search her apartment, and they found him minutes later in her basement on a computer that had a page open to Facebook. Detectives say Hankins posted a message telling friends he’d be off Facebook for a while and asking them not to call his phone until he said otherwise.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Hankins.