The Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) is a centralized technology center in which its primary purpose is to give field officers and investigators instant and comprehensive information to help find suspects, vehicles, identify patterns and stop emerging crime.
While on routine patrol one of our officers responded to a “Robbery with a Weapon” call at a place of business along the Gulf freeway. When the officer arrived on the scene, the clerk who reported the incident told him that she had been assaulted and robbed by a suspect. She explained that the suspect entered the business posing as an employee and demanded his paycheck. While the clerk was searching for a fictitious name that the suspect gave, he physically assaulted the clerk, grabbed a stack of payroll checks and fled the scene in a vehicle which was being driven by another suspect. The crooks were unaware that a witness had observed the robbery from a distance. The witness provided a possible plate number, but was not sure of the accuracy of the license plate number.
The investigator assigned to the case had a possible plate number and description of the assailants’ vehicle. However, the information was not yielding the identity of the suspect or the getaway car. This assignment was given to Crime Information Analyst (CIA) Gonzalez for further investigation. Gonzalez utilized numerous RTCC databases in order to obtain information associated with the suspect and the vehicle. After completing a comprehensive search, she was able to locate an address affiliated with a possible suspect. Additionally, she uncovered several plate numbers and identified the getaway car used in the robbery, which eventually led to the identity of the suspects.
An HPD investigator gathered the evidence collected by CIA Gonzalez and moved forward with the investigation by finding the identity of the driver of the getaway car and narrowing his focus towards the suspect than entered the business. The investigator then assembled a photo spread of the suspect and showed it to the victim who positively identified the suspect as the robber who assaulted her. The case was solved and charges were filed. HPD would like to commend CIA Gonzalez for a job well done. Because of her experience and skill, the crime spree was brought to an expeditious end.