One of the duties of being a fugitive hunter is making sure to close the case as quickly as possible so that less innocent people are impacted by the actions of this suspect. The case we were working on this month was especially troubling because soon after he escaped from prison, he held a convenience store clerk up at gunpoint, he carjacked a vehicle at gunpoint, and he shot at authorities who had him surrounded in a park.
Our suspect had no family or friends in this region who could help us tighten the noose, so I returned to the jail he escaped from in the hopes of getting information from inmates who may have heard something. This was a very challenging situation because inmates don’t talk to the police openly for fear of being labeled a snitch.
During my time inside the prison, I discovered that they had recently signed up with Securus Technologies and were utilizing an inmate call monitoring system to keep close tabs on inmates. This company has 1,000 employees who are working towards the objective of making our world just that much safer for us all. Once I discovered how the LBS software worked, I couldn’t wait to see if we could identify chatter with the inmates concerning the fugitive that we were hunting.
It didn’t take very long before we discovered conversations between inmates and family talking about the recent escape. One inmate in particular was very clever in how he kept asking his family how their new guest was doing. Had it not been for the fact we identified this inmate as a distant relative of the suspect, we would have never connected the dots.
Our team swarmed that location and busted in at the crack of dawn while all occupants, including our suspect, was sound asleep. He was back in jail before he could hurt anyone else.