In an interesting turn of events, a male fugitive in the United States has won the hearts of local police for his epic response to a 'wanted ad' on social media. Richland Police Department in posted an ad on social media as a part of its “Wanted Wednesdays” bulletin in which it announced that 38-year-old Anthony Akers was wanted by the Washington state Department of Corrections for failing to comply with sentencing.
“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,” the department’s Facebook post read.
A few hours later, the man in question himself responded to the Facebook post, asking the Richland police to "calm down", and stating that he was going to turn himself in.
However, a couple of days later when the fugitive did not show up at the station, Richland Police reached out to him via the same Facebook thread. In the comment, Richland Police informed Akers about their operation timings and even offered to give him transportation. To the message by Richland Police, Anthony Akers replied back stating that he will surrender in the next 24 hours.
“Thank you, typing up a couple loose ends since I will probably be in there for a month. Should be in there in the next 48 hours," he replied.
Yet again, when Akers did not show up after 48 hours, a Facebook user commented to ask the police, " Has he turned himself in?"
“He has not,” the police replied.
Mr Akers later went onto apologize to the Richland Police saying he has "commitment issues."
“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," Akers wrote in the Facebook comment.
Apparently, after a heartfelt apology, the 38-year-old fugitive still did not show up at the station. So, the police department commented to social media once more asking for the netizen’s help in finding him.
“We waited, but you didn’t show,” it wrote. “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,” it added. “We are beginning to think you are not coming. Please call us anytime and we will come to you," Richland police pleaded with Mr Akers to keep up with his promises.
Finally, On December 4, at 3:29 p.m., Mr Akers turned himself into Richland police, but not without posting a message on social media. Posting a selfie of himself from the front gate of the police station, he wrote, "Here for our date sweetheart."
Here are the chats: