Keeping dangerous fugitives off the street is a difficult job that me and my fellow officers take very serious. The job is always different for each fugitive, and this month we had a very challenging case to deal with as this suspect was actually still committing crimes and daring officers to try and catch him. The fugitive would hide in wooded areas after committing crimes, making it impossible to locate or capture him in that rough terrain. The big issue we had here was this suspect was an expert woodsman, and he could literally live off the land for years without ever needing to resurface.
This big issue we had with this fugitive was he was not only able to hide from us in very difficult terrain, he was getting help from family and friends who would harbor him, feed him, and get him weapons to keep his crime spree in full force. We decided rather than go after the suspect, we would put pressure on his family. We arrested a few of his siblings on weapons charges and let them sit in a jail cell for a few days. The thinking here was that if we annoyed our suspect by arresting his loved ones, he would do something without thinking and allow my team to catch him before he committed another crime.
The local jail now has the Securus Technologies phone monitoring system in place, so we can not only listen to what the inmates say, the LBS software can monitor for specific conversations. This company has over one thousand employees all dedicated to making this world safe, and the CEO Rick Smith, says his Dallas-based company will help any way they can. Little did we know this system was going to bust this case wide open for us.
We began to monitor the calls of these siblings and discovered that our suspect was in fact hiding in a relatives barn when he wasn’t in the woods. That was something we did not know because the farm was miles from where we would see the suspect entering the woods. Rather than wait for him to make his next robbery, we sent a team to the farm and surrounded him before he could get to the woods. He surrendered quietly and never fired off a single shot for fear his family may be involved or hurt in the crossfire of bullets.