First reported by Boredpanda.com
- Police in Richland recently came upon a “wanted” criminal in the most unlikely of ways… he responded to his own “wanted” poster.
- 38-year-old Anthony Akers was wanted by the Richland Police Department for “Failure to Comply.” The department put up a wanted poster of the man on their Facebook page.
- Sure enough, Akers responded below the image of his mugshot and after several days of delays, he turned himself in to authorities.
- Is this a good use of social media?
Those classic ‘wanted’ posts, the ones that police have been using since the days of the wild west to warn the public about a criminal that they want to catch, have gone interactive. Nowadays they are often posted on local police departments’ Facebook pages, and sometimes, just sometimes, the fugitive themselves might respond. This happened recently in Richland, WA, when police issued a wanted request for Anthony Akers, 38, for Failure to Comply.
These kind of posts are a regular occurrence, and they probably didn’t expect much to become of it. However straight up, first comment on the post is Anthony himself. “Calm down, I’m going to turn myself in,” he wrote. Turns out, Anthony had a few loose ends to tidy up before his month behind bars and would be there ASAP, ok? The police, probably astonished to find that their attempt to snag Anthony was going so well, decided to play along.
Sadly for them, Anthony went all the way and started playing hard. What followed was a hilarious exchange, which proves that the relationship between the police and the offender doesn’t always have to be a bitter one.
— 데드캣 (@deadcatssociety) December 6, 2018
WINNING IN 2018 IS MR. AKERS
— Nigel T. Reid (@NigelTReid) December 6, 2018
— Gy (@fidgetea) December 6, 2018
— Isabel Heartwood (@PrattleChick) December 6, 2018