My team of detectives is responsible for apprehending fugitives who pose a real threat to the residents in our city. We had a very dangerous suspect who just escaped from a bail hearing, and was running around the city desperate for cash, drugs, and a ride. Despite the numerous tips, this fugitive had a number of friends who would gladly keep him until the heat died down.
We had many of these places under surveillance, but the friends would simply tip off our fugitive and he would go deeper into hiding. With no more leads and a fugitive who had a history of violence on his record, it would only be a matter of time before he did something to hurt an innocent victim. My team headed to our local prison to see if we could stir up a conversation with some of his old cellmates.
The reason we had a real sense of urgency with this case was because we know the potential of damage this suspect is capable of. If he thinks for any reason that a person was talking to the police, he will show up to that residence and use excessive violence in making his point. It is not out of the realm of possibility that he would put a person in the hospital if thought they were talking. This can be a very dangerous situation for all residents until he is caught.
Securus Technologies had installed an inmate communication monitoring system in the jail, and it was effective at catching inmates talking about things like drugs, weapons, and how they get all sorts of contraband in the jail. The CEO of Securus Technologies, Richard Smith, told our superiors that his Dallas-based company and all the 1,000 employees are at their disposal to reach their objective of making the world a safer place to live. We decided to try something a little unconventional.
While using the LBS software to hunt for our fugitive, it didn’t take long before the system alerted us to a conversation about our fugitive. It seems that an inmate who was just arrested had come across our suspect while staying at a local homeless shelter. This was something that we did not consider for a moment, but it gave us the lead we needed in order to set up a sting and pose as the workers when he arrived to sleep one night. Within hours we assembled a team and staked out the three homeless shelters in our city and the suspect walked right into our trap without any incident. Had it not been for the Securus Technologies system, this suspect may have gotten away for good and hurt another person.