Man who famously trolled RPD on Facebook arrested once again

Man who famously trolled RPD on Facebook arrested once again
Richland Police Department

RICHLAND, Wash. — A man with a long rap sheet who gained national attention for trolling the Richland Police Department on Facebook is back in jail once again.

Anthony Akers, 38, was arrested on several warrants at the Economy Inn on Monday around 10 a.m. after police received an anonymous tip that he was there.

His warrants included charges for felony attempted eluding and vehicle prowling.

Police say Akers fled from a traffic stop near the intersection of McMurray Avenue and Van Giesen Street on Sept. 3. Officers did not chase the suspect because the volume of traffic in the area posed a safety risk.

Within the week before that, Akers was allegedly involved in a car prowl.

He had additional warrants for third-degree escape and failure to comply.

Police have posted Aker’s photo on Facebook at least twice in the past year while he’s been on the run.

He was covered by the likes of NPR, NBC News, Mashable and The Independent for an online exchange he had with RPD on December 2018.

Police posted his photo and said he was wanted for failure to comply. He replied to the post in the comments, saying he was going to turn himself in.

He didn’t turn himself in on the day he said he was going to, then playfully apologized for “standing up” the police — as though they had a romantic date scheduled.

Finally, he posted a photo of himself moments before turning himself in and wrote, “Here for our date sweetheart.”

When KAPP-KVEW asked an RPD spokesperson how many times they believed Akers had been arrested, she said, “A lot.”