Prison bosses have launched an investigation after a teenager appeared to have post photos of himself on Facebook from inside his cell.
Kieran Bond - who has a tattoo saying 'Bondy' on his forehead - sparked a nationwide manhunt when he went on the run for three months after failing to turn up at court in October.
The 19-year-old was due to face charges of making threats with an offensive weapon after allegedly making threats while wielding a machete on a train on 29 March last year.
Bond, of Lichfield Road, Stafford, was finally arrested on Christmas Eve but has now appeared to have shared pictures from his remand cell in Greater Manchester on Facebook.
One of the pictures is tagged with the location of HMP Forest Bank in Salford while a second, which later appeared to have been deleted, showed him posing with fellow inmates while swearing at the camera.
On New Year's Eve the Facebook profile - Bondy YnB - was updated to say: "They got me still got the phone tho hahahahhahah free me up."
His friends were quick to react, with one saying: "See u soon my bruvva got dis all da way my g."
A second added: "Lmfao. The cops came here looking for you! Take care lad and hope to see you soon bruv." And a third simply wrote: "Free Kieran 1000%."
HMP Forest Bank has confirmed that it is illegal for inmates to have phones.
A spokeswoman told Stoke-on-Trent Live: "The use of mobile phones in any prison is illegal, and we constantly review our activity to tackle the issue.
"Where individual prisoners are identified, action is taken."