When my team fugitive task force gets the call, we have to be ready to spring into action and drop everything we are working on. This month we got a tip from an informant that a dangerous fugitive was in our city hiding, and if he was not taken into custody he put all residents at risk. This suspect already hurt a dozen people with his knife after robbing them, and it was only a matter of time before he escalated those crimes and killed someone.
The first thing my team does in these type cases is to try and set up a perimeter to contain the fugitive, but this elusive suspect could be hiding just about anywhere. When we got the call a truck driver was robbed at knife-point, we knew he was still in our city. The only common thread here was that the suspect would rob merchandise, so we knew he was selling the items to get cash. My team decided to focus our efforts on the fences who buy those stolen items, and what better place than the local prison to get the inmates to help.
Inmates don’t want to talk to me and my team, but that wasn’t an issue because we knew Securus Technologies was on the job. This inmate call monitoring system was installed in this jail, and the minute an inmate picked up the phone to warn someone of us being there, we could take action. Within one hour, a gang member put out a call to the soldiers on the street to avoid doing a transaction with our fugitive. We sprung into action to try and get to that meeting before the fugitive got wind the deal was off. Luckily he showed up to sell his stash, and we were there to bring him back to the jail.