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Georgia college student uses Facebook to stop armed robbery

March 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A University of Georgia student is crediting Facebook with helping him stop an armed robbery in progress at his family's home.

Nitesh Bhakta was inside his room on his laptop when he heard his grandmother scream. The robbers had tied up his grandmother and 17-year-old sister at gunpoint.

When he opened his bedroom door, Bhakta saw several hooded men at the front door. He shut the door and climbed into the attic. Bhakta didn't have his cell phone so he logged onto his computer.

"I just took it out, opened it up, and got on Facebook and started posting," said Bhakta. "Facebook was the only thing where I knew I could reach someone instantly that was on chat."

The student's best friend alerted police who quickly arrived at the house. One of the suspects was captured. Police were still searching for at least two others.