‘Calm down, I’m going to turn myself in’: Fugitive forges Facebook romance with police after they feature him on ‘Wanted Wednesday’

A Washington man with a lengthy criminal record reportedly reached out to police on Facebook, repeatedly promising to turn himself in after they featured him on their ‘Wanted Wednesday.’

The ordeal started on November 28, when the Richland Police Department asked Facebook users to contact them if they know the whereabouts of Anthony Akers, 38. Akers was reportedly wanted for failing to comply with the terms of his sentence. The Tri-City Herald reported that he has numerous arrests for illegally possessing prescription drugs, resisting arrest, and violating protection orders.

Akers apparently didn’t have any intention of staying on the lam, reaching out to local police in a Facebook exchange that’s since gone viral.

Though Akers reportedly promised to turn himself in, the police department said last Friday that it was still waiting to be graced by his presence.

“Hey Anthony! We haven’t seen you yet. Our business hours are 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Of course if you need a ride you can call non-emergency (509-628-0333) and we will pick you up,” authorities said.

Akers would go on to apologize for keeping police at bay, explaining that he had some “loose ends” to handle before turning himself in. He reportedly left a lengthy apology letter to officers this week where he reiterated his intent to surrender to police.

“We waited, but you didn’t show. After you stood us up, we reached out again—this time offering you a ride. You replied and said you needed 48 hours,” police quipped.

Akers was a man of his word, turning himself in Tuesday afternoon. To make it official, he reportedly took a selfie of himself entering the police station.

“Here for our date sweetheart,” he wrote.

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.

Posted by Richland WA Police Department on Wednesday, November 28, 2018

[Featured image: Richland Police Department’s Facebook]