Fugitive says he'll turn himself in if he gets enough 'likes' on Facebook post about him

Police sharing updates about case on social media

By Amanda Cochran - Social Media Producer
Torrington Police Department/Facebook

Jose Simms

TORRINGTON, Conn. - A Connecticut fugitive wants people to know that he’ll turn himself in if people “like” his mugshot post on Facebook, according to police. 

In a Facebook post, police from Torrington say Jose Simms negotiated with an officer earlier this week through Facebook and has agreed to turn himself in if the station can get 15,000 "likes" on its post about him. 

Simms is wanted on a number of warrants for failure to appear in court. 

The officer posting the message noted that he initially said 10,000 likes and Simms wanted 20,000 likes and they negotiated to 15,000. 

Since the post went up at 2 a.m. on Wednesday, the post has garnered more than 24,000 reactions, and nearly 5,000 shares. 

The City of Torrington Police Department’s Lt. Johnson has shared an update saying Simms hasn’t kept up his end of the bargain and remains on the run. Johnson promised to update the post when Simms does turn himself in. 

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