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How Flock Safety License Plate Readers Helped Police Solve an Aggravated Assault Case

Flock Safety Law Enforcement Consultant Lt. Ben Mixon walks us through the solve and how the community came together to help police apprehend the suspect.

By Janice Ng

When an aggravated assault victim called the police to report the assault, she provided descriptions of the suspect's vehicle. Police were able to match her descriptions with footage captured by Flock Safety license plate reading cameras.

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The Case: Aggravated Assault

Several months ago, there was a case in Marietta, Georgia where license plate readers played a successful part in the solving of a heinous crime that took place in an apartment complex.

There was an aggravated assault where a victim was assaulted with a weapon and the suspect had fled the scene before law enforcement arrived.

When law enforcement arrived on the scene, the victim was able to provide a description of the suspect, the name, date of birth, along with a vehicle description and the license plate of the vehicle.

The Solution

Flock Safety license plate readers that had been installed at the front of the suspect's complex [prior to the case] sent an alert to Marietta Police Officers notifying them that the vehicle attached to the warrant had entered the complex. 

Law enforcement swiftly drove to the scene, located the suspect, and took him into custody without incident.

It was then that we recognized and were able to truly appreciate the relationship between law enforcement and community, with the assistance of license plate readers and the information they were able to provide.

LPRs turned what could have been a cold case into a solve with law enforcement and community working together.

Originally published: 2019-05-28 12:56:00