One of the most frustrating parts of my job in law enforcement is trying to find evidence to convict a suspect when they are making a mockery of the system. We already had a suspect in custody for a serious violent crime that left an innocent person paralyzed, yet his attorney was able to get the charges reduced on a technicality. The suspect was about to be released any day from the jail, and unless we found something that would prove they were the suspect in this case, he was going to walk.
This suspect already contacted my office to let me know he was being released, and wanted to rub it in my face that it was because of my inability to find evidence that he was walking. I wanted nothing more than to keep this person behind bars, but unless we had a miracle, this suspect was about to put an entire city in harm’s way. With time running out, we only had one option left to try and keep this suspect locked in jail.
My team made our way to the local jail to let the inmates know that we had in fact gotten a lead on some evidence pertaining to our suspect. While we really didn’t have anything, it was an effort to try and shake our suspect up a little and perhaps getting him to go to the phones and give up what we needed. The jail makes us of Securus Technologies and their call monitoring system, able to listen to all the calls in the jail at the same time, pulling out key chatter and alerting officers.
Within hours of our visit, the suspect was heard on the phones asking his sister to take care of that matter they discussed. She promised it would be done by tonight, so we followed her right to some revealing evidence we were able to use in the case and keep the suspect behind bars.