Man Responds to His Own Police "Wanted" Poster on Facebook, Goes Viral

The resulting conversation resembles a bad Tinder match.

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If the police have issued a warrant for your arrest, you'd think you'd want to keep a low (social media) profile. But that's the opposite of what Anthony Akers, 38, did.

On November 28, the Richland WA police department posted a photo of Akers on their Facebook page as their "Wanted Wednesday" criminal of the week.

To everyone's surprise, Akers actually responded from what seems to be his personal Facebook account, saying, "Calm down, I'm going to turn myself in."

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Richland WA Police Department/Facebook

The comment got thousands of likes and responses because, seriously, who does this? However, in spite of his promises, Akers did not make it in, shelving the police department like an aloof Tinder match.

"Hey Anthony! We haven't seen you yet," the police department wrote, adding a number where he could reach them in case he wanted to be picked up for their date.

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

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Richland WA Police Department/Facebook

The police department got stood up and, by Monday, they were feeling a little needy.

"Dear Anthony, is it us?" they wrote on Facebook. "Last Wednesday we reached out to you as 'Wanted.' You replied and even said you were going to turn yourself in. 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. The weekend came and went. We are beginning to think you are not coming. Please call us anytime and we will come to you."

Again, Akers offered a typical lame-boy response.

"Dear RPD, its not you, its me. I obviously have commitment issues. I apologize for standing you up, but let me make it up to you. I will be there no later then lunchtime tomorrow, I know you have no reason to believe me after what I did to you, but I promise that if I don't make it on my own by lunchtime tomorrow I will call for a ride to assist me with my commitment issues. Thank you in advance to your response if you are patiently giving me another chance with us, I know I dont deserve it. P.S. You're beautiful😙"

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This time, he actually came through.

anthony akers richland wa police department

The police department refuses to divulge what his actual crime was, but it must have been theft because he clearly stole their hearts. Richmond Police Department, you deserve better. Find a criminal who loves you for you. And for more rare, feel-good stories that involve a life of crime, find out what happened to Ross Gellar's look-alike thief!

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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