A Connecticut fugitive was able to make a deal with the Torrington Police Department last month. It was decided that if his wanted poster was able to receive more than 15,000 likes on Facebook, the said fugitive would turn himself in to the authorities. Although it took longer than expected, the fugitive – Jose Simms – has made good on his words and turned himself in to the Torrington Police Department.
Jose Simms is 29 years old and was wanted for a total of seven counts of failure to appear in court. The Torrington Police Department had a break last month when they shared his wanted poster on their Facebook page, and Jose Simms commented on it. According to the comment, Jose Simms would give himself up without any hassle, given that the post was able to receive 20,000 likes.
Torrington Police Department decided to throw a counteroffer and asked Simms to lower the number of likes to 10,000. Both parties eventually decided to meet halfway, and the figure of 15,000 was finalized. The post was soon picked up by media and became viral, thus easily reaching the mark of 15,000. The target was achieved in a matter of days; however, Jose Simms didn’t surrender himself.
It was starting to look like our fugitive had gone back on his words. However, on June 19, about a month after striking a deal with the Torrington Police Department; he called the Enfield Police Department to pick him up, and the arrest was made without any hassle. He was taken into police custody and charged with four counts of first-degree failure to appear in front of a court and three counts of second-degree failure to appear in front of a court. The bail has been set at $30,500, and he is scheduled to appear in front of a judge as well. At the time of his arrest, his wanted poster had over 29,000 Facebook likes and about 1,700 comments.