Police departments often alert the public when someone is wanted for a crime. At times, it is an issue of public safety. In others, it’s the hope that someone will recognize the person in the photo and provide an assist. Ideally, the wanted person themselves ends up choosing to surrender, and that is sort of what Anthony Akers did.
On November 28, the Richland Police Department in Washington posted a photo of 38-year-old Akers, stating that he was “wanted by the Department of Corrections for Failure to Comply.”
While the Facebook post provided a phone number, giving the public the opportunity to submit tips, Akers himself decided to reply to the Facebook post.
“Calm down, im going to turn myself in,” Akers wrote.
However, when he didn’t come in after approximately two days, the Richland officers replied, “Hey Anthony! We haven’t seen you yet.” The included business hours and even offered to pick Akers up if he needed a ride.
Akers thanked them for the offer, adding that he was “tying up a couple loose ends since I will probably be in there for a month.” He added that he “should be in there in the next 48 hours.”
At this point, other commenters were tracking the situation. When one asked the police department if Akers did turn himself in, they asserted that he had not yet kept his word.
On Monday, December 3, the saga was still unfinished. The Richland Police Department posted a follow-up, saying, “Morose Monday. Dear Anthony, is it us? 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,” the post continued, “we reach 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.”
Akers again wrote back, assuring the department that “its not you, its me.”
“I obviously have commitment issues,” he said. “I apologize for standing you up, but let me make it up to you. I will be there no later [than] 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 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,” Akers added,” I know I don’t deserve it. P.S. You’re beautiful.”
This time, Akers followed through.