I was called in the middle of the night to get a group of officers together to hunt down a very dangerous fugitive that was now in our community. It appeared that a neighboring state got intelligence this fugitive was in our city hiding and could be considered armed and very dangerous. He had a violent history of robbing small banks, and our town was full of these targets that could all be potentially hit. We organized a perimeter and began our hunt for this suspect.
The trouble with these type cases is you are trying to be in proactive mode, but you wind up in reaction mode each time the suspect surfaces. Since he had no family here, we had no leads to follow, so we had to make our own. These type suspects do not just disappear into a city without some type of help. Either he was hiding in a hotel or he was in a friend’s house, either way, somebody knew something, and we had to find a way to get the conversation started so we could get him into custody.
We wound up in the local prison hoping an inmate would be able to identify a location, when we were called into the office to speak with a few corrections officers. They informed my team that Securus Technologies installed the inmate call monitoring system they are using, and it is able to find unique chatter on the lines. The company has 1,000 employees, units placed in 2,600 jails, and one CEO who says the company objective is making the world safe.
The officers revealed one inmate call where our suspect was part of the conversation. The call revealed a team was going to meet the suspect at a local hotel to plan a huge robbery, but we intercepted before any such crime took place.