Hunt for fugitive who vowed to surrender if he got 15,000 Facebook likes

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US police are searching for a fugitive who failed to honour an agreement and surrender once enough people responded positively to his wanted poster on social media.

Jose Simms has seven arrest warrants and is being sought as a fugitive after failing to appear in court on charges ranging from breach of peace to risk of injury to a child.

He is believed to be somewhere in New York.

Wanted poster of Jose Simms
Wanted poster of Jose Simms (Torrington Police Department/AP)

The page has easily passed that number, but still no sign of Simms or another fugitive, Kristopher Waananen, who has outstanding motor vehicle and failure to appear warrants.

He was mentioned in the same post, but without a similar agreement to surrender.

“Regardless of the number of ‘Likes’ this post receives, we will continue to utilize the resources we have available to us to locate both suspects and take them into custody,” wrote Lieutenant Bart Barown.

“It turns this into a joke,” she said. “People will start looking at these various violations of law as a game.”

On Wednesday, Simms had written he was a “man of my word” and he had decided to negotiate his surrender because “looking over your shoulder every 5 seconds can cause a lot of stress”.

He also responded to the original Torrington Police post, complaining about his mugshot on the site, calling it a “trash pic”.

“Jose, it’s the only one we had.hopefully we will get a ‘good’ one soon,” the department replied.

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