CT fugitive says he'll surrender if wanted poster gets likes on Facebook

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TORRINGTON -

The Torrington Police Department says a fugitive has agreed to surrender if enough people "like" his wanted poster on social media.
 
Torrington police say 29-year-old Jose Simms, who is believed to be somewhere in New York, has seven arrest warrants, and is being sought as a fugitive after failing to appear in court on motor vehicle charges, breach of peace, possession of marijuana and violation of protective orders.
 
Lt. Brett Johnson posted on the department's Facebook page on Wednesday that Sims had contacted him through Facebook and agreed to turn himself in if the post containing his poster gets 15,000 'likes.' Johnson says he negotiated Simms down from 20,000 'likes.'
 
Lt. Bart Barown described the situation as unorthodox.
 
"We do get people who complain about their photo being on our page," says Barown. "I haven't seen anyone ask to be on our page."
 
He also suggested that if anyone knows were Simms is hiding they could let police know and save the department some suspense.

The Associated Press helped to contribute to this article.

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