A Connecticut police department is calling for the public’s help in getting a wanted man into custody, but it’s not just looking for anonymous tips this time around.
Instead, authorities in Torrington say they’ve struck a deal with the 29-year-old suspect, Jose Simms: If a post with his wanted poster gets 15,000 “likes” on Facebook, he’ll turn himself in.
“It will be difficult but it is doable,” Lt. Brett Johnson wrote in a post uploaded around 3 a.m. Wednesday.
According to Johnson, he negotiated the agreement through the social media site earlier in the week with Simms, who is wanted for failing to appear in court.
After Simms wanted 20,000 “likes” and Johnson offered up a threshold of 10,000, the two parties met in the middle, Johnson wrote.
Officials, making a plea for likes and shares, also posted a wanted poster for Kristopher Waananen, 36, who is wanted after he allegedly failed to stop for police.
“Then again, if you know where either of these guys are, you could always let us know that too,” Johnson wrote. “It’d save everyone the suspense of the 15K.”
By early Wednesday afternoon, authorities still had some way to go, but the post had definitely garnered attention, attracting 4,500 “likes” and over 1,000 shares by 1 p.m.
In the comments section, Johnson pushed back on suspicions and assured that the peculiar post was, indeed, not a joke.
“We can hope (Simms) stays true to his word,” he wrote.
Apparently, Simms himself also joined the discussion.
“Dam that’s a trash pick (sic) of me,” he wrote around 8:30 a.m. “Only 13800 more likes to go nice job Torrington.”
The department had limited options, according to Johnson.
“It’s the only one we had…hopefully we will get a ‘good’ one soon,” he wrote back.