Police department goes to Facebook to find wanted man; suspect responds

Anthony Akers, 38 (Photo: Richland Police Department)

RICHLAND, Wash. (WTHR) — The power of social media can never be underestimated.

The Richland Police Department took to Facebook Nov. 28 to ask the public for help finding 38-year-old Anthony Akers, wanted for failure to comply.

The post asked anyone with information on Akers to call the department. But why call when you can just reply to the post? The department got a response from probably the last person they expected: Akers himself.

"Calm down," Akers wrote from his Facebook profile. "I'm going to turn myself in." The post has, unsurprisingly, gone viral.

When he didn't show up, the department let him know they still wanted to see him, even offering pick-up service.

"Of course if you need a ride you can call non-emergency (509-628-0333) and we will pick you up," the department said.

Akers appreciated the effort, but he needed more time.

"Tying up a couple loose ends since I will probably be in there for a month. Should be there in the next 48 hours."

Akers once again failed to show up, but he took the time to explain himself.

"I obviously have commitment issues," he wrote in another comment. "I will be there no later then (sic) lunchtime tomorrow. ... If I dont (sic) make it on my own by lunchtime tomorrow I will call for a ride to assist me with my commitment issues."

The original post has been shared more than 1,500 times, but it didn't end there. Akers still hadn't turned himself in, so Richland PD reached out to him via Facebook again.

"We are beginning to think you are not coming," the department wrote.

But as it turns out, Akers eventually was a man of his word. He posted a photo of himself finally going to turn himself.

Jail records indicate he was booked Tuesday afternoon.

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