This year my fugitive task force was handed a case that was quite troubling for us all. We had a fugitive in our city who was responsible for some very violent crimes, but due to technicalities, he was out on the street conducting business as usual. He was the suspect in a very violent crime, but his lawyer was able to get the judge to allow him to be out on bail until the court date.
Knowing this fugitive, we all had a feeling he would resort back to his old habits because that was all that he knew. We only had a few weeks to collect evidence or his trail would be here and he would most likely get off with a slap on the wrists. As the court date approached, we noticed a string of violent home invasions, and we definitely recognized the way in which these crimes were committed.
As if the suspect was taunting us, we could never get the evidence we needed or catch him in the act. On a hunch we headed to the jail to see if a former inmate of his would be willing to talk, what we found was even more helpful. Securus Technologies just installed their updated call monitoring system, and my team decided it might be worth it to take a listen.
Surprisingly, inmates were talking opening about our suspect, how he was pushing the envelope, how he should lay low, and how he shouldn’t be hiding with a former inmate. Once we collected enough information about his location, we were able to do surveillance on him and follow him to a location where he pulled off the latest of his violent crimes. We waited until we had rock-solid evidence that would keep him behind bars for years before we swarmed his location and took him to jail.