Whether a suspect has escaped from a minimum security detention center or a maximum security jail, my team is called in to locate and arrest the suspect quickly before they have a chance to commit any other crimes. The suspect we were hunting today never made it to jail, he was at a bond hearing and somehow walked out while everyone was distracted with another issue. This fugitive was wanted on several violent crimes, and our initial fears were that he would commit more if he was looking for a vehicle, cash, food, or a place to hide.
Since we knew who we were hunting, we blasted the media with his face in the hopes that someone who come forward with a last seen location, but nothing panned out. We think the suspect went into hiding to try and throw us off the trail for a few days. Our thinking was he was still in town, but deep in hiding as he thought the heat would eventually die down. We only escalated our efforts to make certain he could not escape the city.
Securus Technologies is the call monitoring system that was installed at our local prison, and the officers use the system to listen to all conversations inmates make to their family, friends, or even other inmates. We immediately plugged the fugitive into the LBS software and waited. We got the covert alert in hours, one of the inmates was talking to his family about the suspect without any regard.
During the conversation with his brother, the inmate mentioned that he was asked to call in a favor, and that his brother needed to be at a certain location with cash, a ride, and change of clothes. Without the mention of the location, we had a team in place to follow the brother and take down that fugitive.