Fugitive Agrees To Surrender If ‘Wanted’ Poster Gets 15,000 Facebook ‘Likes’
Jose Simms cut a deal with Connecticut’s City of Torrington Police Department to turn himself in if his “Wanted” poster on the department’s official Facebookaccount went viral and garnered 15,000 “likes.”
Simms, 29, is wanted on four warrants for first-degree failure to appear in court and three warrants second-degree failure to appear. The underlying charges involve drugs, DUI, protective order violation, breach of the peace and false reporting cases, Torrington Lt. Brett Johnson told HuffPost on Thursday.
Simms initially made contact with Johnson over Facebook Messenger after the department began posting “Wanted” posters for various fugitives on its page.
He asked Johnson when his image would appear and suggested 20,000 “likes” in exchange for his surrender, but the officer negotiated him down.
Johnson said police had “exhausted other avenues” looking for Simms, and believed he was in New York. “So, when he reached out to us to post his ‘Wanted Poster’ we really had nothing to lose,” the lieutenant said.