I am part of a police task force that was on the hunt for a very dangerous suspect who just committed another violent crime. Despite this suspect being known throughout the city, he was not shy about committing crimes on a regular basis. The fact he was addicted to heroin only made this an even more trying time because it was a matter of time this suspect couldn’t get a fix and he hurt someone who got in his way. I was told by my superiors that we need to get this suspect off the streets immediately.
We tried the traditional route, asking family and friends to come forward with information about the suspect, but even the informants were not willing to put their families safety on the line. Despite knowing where and how he committed these crimes, we were not getting any solid leads that would put us in a position to be able to anticipate his next moves. That was all about to change when we had a little visit at the local jail. We got a tip that the suspect had family in jail, and we thought squeezing them a little could give us the lead we needed.
Securus Technologies has their call monitoring system throughout this jail, developed to monitor inmate calls and currently in 2,600 jails, this was a resource we were going to make use of. Since the suspect’s family were interrogated in the jail and wouldn’t talk, we just waited. We knew they would run to the phones, and as predicted, they called our suspect and wanted blood. Lucky for my team, we identified where the calls were to, set up a surveillance team, and took down the suspect the following morning while he was till sound asleep in his bed without any type of incident.