Police hope Facebook ‘likes’ reel in man wanted on 7 warrants

A Connecticut police department says a fugitive has agreed to surrender if enough people respond to an online wanted poster on social media.

TORRINGTON, CT — Torrington police are trying to harness the power of social media to bring in a man wanted on seven warrants.

Police said they negotiated with Jose Simms, 29, earlier this week.

There are four warrants for first-degree failure to appear in court and three warrants second-degree failure to appear.

They said Simms agreed to turn himself in if the department could get 15,000 likes on the “wanted” picture it posted to its Facebook page.

Simms initially wanted 20,000 likes. Police sought 10,000.

So they said they split the difference.

Police called the task difficult but doable.

Of course, they said if anyone happens to know where Simms is, it’d save people the suspense of the 15,000 likes.

The post also included another unrelated wanted suspect, 36-year-old Kristopher Waananen.

Waananen is wanted for motor vehicle violations and failing to appear in court.

Anyone with information on either man can call the Torrington Police Department.

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