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Forget plea deals. What about Facebook like deals?
One fugitive in Connecticut has reportedly agreed to turn himself into police — if he gets enough love on social media, that is.
“Here’s an interesting one,” the Torrington Police Department stated on their Facebook page Wednesday before explaining fugitive Jose Simms’s bizarre terms. An officer wrote that Simms “negotiated with me earlier this week (Through Facebook) and has agreed to turn himself in to Torrington Police if we can get 15,000 ‘likes’ on this post (I said 10,000 he wanted 20,000, we split). It will be difficult but is doable.”
Then, the police department urged its followers to like and share the post as much as possible.
“While you’re at it share it, Tweet it, Instagram, Snapchat it, WUPHF it,” the post read, referencing a gag on the show “The Office.”
The post also includes an image of 36-year-old suspect Kristopher Waananen, wanted for a different crime, stating: “Then again, if you know where either of these guys are, you could always let us know that too, it’d save everyone from the suspense of the 15K….Let’s get it!!”
As of Thursday morning, just a day after the it was made, the post received more than 22,000 likes, but Simms hadn't yet turned himself in. But it doesn't appear that the popularity is pushing Simms towards being behind bars.
“As of now he has not. We will update the post again when he does turn himself in. Thank you to everyone who liked the post and messaged us with info. It's all appreciated,” the department wrote.
Simms is wanted for multiple failure to appear warrants. He has six cases in court and faces charges of breach of peace, violation of a protective order, risk of injury to a minor, making a false statement and falsely reporting an incident, according to the Hartford Courant.
It’s not clear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf at this time.
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