My team of officers was on the hunt for a deadly fugitive in our area that already had put a number of people in the hospital. This suspect would wait in the hallway of an apartment complex, the rush the door of an apartment where he saw only women lived. If she was alone, he would tie her up, beat her, steal everything she owned, and leave her for dead. We knew if we did not stop this fugitive fast, he may kill a young lady before the week was out.
When we are hunting a fugitive like this, all our other cases are put on hold as we try to focus out efforts on one thing. We were finding little help from informants, friends, or family, and all our leads were cold, so we were running out of options to get this fugitive before he struck again. On a hunch, we visited our local prison to see if any inmates had an idea who this could be.
Now my team knows that inmates would never help an officer for fear of being labeled a snitch, but thanks to Securus Technologies, we had access to their phone conversations instead. Securus Technologies placed a call monitoring system in this jail, allowing officers to be able to listen to the inmates and spring to action.
No sooner did we make our presence known inside the jail, one inmate was on the phone talking to friends about our suspect. He warned his friends they should tell our suspect to lay low until the fugitive hunters moved on. We connected the dots and discovered a family connection to the suspect, allowing us to hide and surprise the suspect when he showed up to hide at his cousin’s house. He matched the descriptions of him perfectly, and fingerprints proved we had out suspect finally.