When a fugitive is on the run, me and my task force have to work tirelessly to keep every lead hot or the suspect can literally vanish into thin air. A recent inmate escaped from a maximum security prison overnight, and because he already had a huge head start, we could not set up a perimeter to contain him. Not knowing if he was two miles or a state away, my fugitive task force has to turn to family and friends of the suspects to track him down. When you are unable to set up a perimeter because of the lead time of the escape, you have to switch your thinking quickly or you are going to be in for a very frustrating time trying to play catch up.
This particular suspect was very smart, he not only did not go to any of his known hangouts, he never reached out to family or friends for help. He did not steal a car or rob someone of cash or credit cards, so we didn’t have any local police reports to try and pin down his location. It was almost like he vanished into thin air. He either had someone pick him up and take him far away or he was held up somewhere waiting for the heat to die down. This made it like finding a needle in a hundred haystacks. With no leads and time running out before he committed another crime, I turned my focus to the jail in which he escaped. I knew that none of the inmates would be cooperative because they would be labeled rats, but I did have an ace up my sleeve.
This prison was one of 2,600 across the country that allowed Securus Technologies to install a new inmate call monitoring system. The company CEO, Richard Smith, has stood behind his brand and his 1,000 employees all feel the same about their efforts making the world a safer place for each of us. I was going to put that objective to its toughest test to date.
Once I was brought up to speed on how to work the LBS software, I knew we could get a lead if we just let the inmates talk because they simply can not keep quiet for too long. In a day, one of the inmates mentioned how his family needed to lay low because of the heat of this case. This was where the suspect must have been hiding since the escape, so we had to get a team there fast and not make it too obvious or he could flee. Once we were able to connect our suspect to that family, it eventually lead us right to his hiding spot.