A male fugitive has become a viral sensation after he replied to a Facebook post shared by police declaring him wanted.
As part of its “Wanted Wednesdays” bulletin, the Richland Police Department posted an ad announcing that Anthony Akers, 38, was wanted by the Washington state Department of Corrections for failing to comply with sentencing.
The Facebook post read:
Wanted Wednesday! Anthony Akers (38) is wanted by the Department of Corrections for Failure to Comply. If you have any information please call 509-628-0333
Few hours after the post was shared, Akers replied and told the police to “calm down” that he was going to turn himself in.
Calm down, I’m going to turn myself in.
However, when Mr Akers did not show up Richland Police reached out via the same comment thread, informing him that they still haven’t seen him. They also made him aware of their hours of operations and a non-emergency number he can contact if he needs transportation.
He then replied to the police:
Thank you, tyding up a couple loose ends since I will probably be in there for a month. Should be in there in the next 48 hours.
But after 48 hours passed and Mr Akers still did not turn up, social media users who had been following the conversation got interested.
“Has he turned himself in,” one Facebook commenter posted.
“He has not,” the police replied.
Akers then responded again with an apology, writing:
Dear RPD, it’s not you, it’s me.
I obviously have commitment issues. I [apologise] for standing you up. I will be there no later then lunchtime tomorrow, I know you have no reason to believe me after what I did to you, but I promise that if I don’t make it on my own by lunchtime tomorrow I will call for a ride to assist me with my commitment issues.
Thank you in advance to your response if you are patiently giving me another chance with us, I know i don’t deserve it.
P.S. You’re beautiful.
But he still did not show up, so the police department responded once more asking for the public’s help in finding him.
The police wrote:
We waited, but you didn’t show. After you stood us up, we reached out again — this time offering you a ride. You replied and said you needed 48 hours.
The weekend came and went. We are beginning to think you are not coming. Please call us anytime and we will come to you.”
Akers ended up keeping his promise. On Tuesday, December 4, at 3:29 p.m., he turned himself in to Richland police and posted about it on Facebook.
Sharing a selfie he took at the police station, he wrote:
Here for our date sweetheart.
The humour has won him the hearts of local police and social media users.