Hit of the year

Latent Hit


Please note that while the incident and biometric hit occurred in 2015, the case was only recently adjudicated.  • On M arch 26, 2015 a man wasfound  deceased inside his residence.  The subject had suffered  over 50 stab wounds to theface  and neck areas.  The scene was processed  by the Michigan State Police Crime Scene Response Team, which included Sgt. Amanda Crooker. Sgt. Crooker collected several latent lif tsfrom items in the kitchen area including the sink, a glass, and several drink cans.  Bare foot  impressions in apparent blood were also collected from  the kitchen floor. • Three latent fingerprints  and two latent palm prints were entered into AFIS but no candidates were developed. The prints  were registered in the unsolved latent database. • On July 18, 2015, a law enforcement agency finger- and palm-printed  afemale for an "ID verification only" check. At that time AFIS sent a T/LI response on one of the registered palms.  As a result; Sgt. Crooker identified seven latent prints  to the AFIS T/LI candidate.  Subsequently, the agency investigating the homicide (after receiving a confession and making an arrest of the subject generated by the AFIS T/Lf ) collected and submitted her known sole print  impressions. Sgt. Crooker also identified seven bare foot  impressions  to the AFIS T/LI candidate. • It was determined  that, before the arrest on this case, the AFIS T/LI candidate had not been in either the AFIS or COO/S databases.  The AFIS T/LI candidate turned out to be a prostitute (with no prior arrest record) which the investigating agency was not aware of and did not have any informationfor  until they were notified of the results of the exam triggered by the AFIS T/Lf.  Several other persons of interest the agency developed had  been  excluded. • In January of 2017, the AFIS T/LI candidate pied guilty to 2nd degree homicide and was sentence to 25 - 50 years. • H ad it not been for the "ID verification only" check done by another agency and the subsequent AFIS T/LI, this case might still be unsolved.  Submitted by Sgt. Amanda Crooke1; Michigan State Police

Facial Hit


As the result of a facial recognition investigation Detective Richerson and the Office of Inspector General Criminal Investigations  Unit executed a search warrant at the residence of a suspected identity theft subject. The 51 year old female suspect was unaware of the existing technology and applied for multiple identities using stolen documents from  victims in other states. The suspect  was no stranger to this lifestyle as the investigation proved  she used the identities to receive such benefits as welf arefrom  the State, assistance  from  veterans groups and collected a workplace accid ent settlement under one of the stolen identities, not  to mention an extensive criminal record under her true identity. She furthered  her scheme by obtaining employment under another stolen identity for a hospital billing service, giving her access to a treasure trove of credit card and personal information. The suspect was arrested and booked on multiple identity theft and forgery charges. This investigation is one way thefacial recognition technology is helping protect the citizens in Arizona and beyond.  Subniitted by Detective Keith Richerson, Arizona D epartm ent of Transportation.


2016 Fingerprint/Palm-print Hit of the Year

 2016 Palm/Fingerprint Case of The Year The fire department was called to an apartment building for a fire in an apartment. In the course of fire suppression they found a deceased person. Police were called to the scene, and detectives and the Forensic Science Unit also responded after it was suspected a homicide had occurred and the fire set in an attempt at a covering the crime. Crime Scene Technician McMahon processed the scene with other technicians. A fingerprint in blood was observed on a wall of the scene. CST McMahon recovered the fingerprint impression at the scene and returned to the department latent print unit. He entered the print into AFIS with positive results, and an identification was made. The identification was to a previously known subject. This subject confessed and was eventually convicted of the homicide and arson. The scene work prior to the latent print work was arduous. The summer day was hot and humid, which added to the heat in the apartment from the fire.  . Clearly list and describe the services you offer. Also, be sure to showcase a premium service.


Cold Case Hit

Cold Case Hit

2016 Facial Recognition case of the year


2016 Facial Recognition Case of The Year The Facial Recognition Program is fairly new to Arizona Department of Transportation. One month into the program FR found a likely match of an individual who had assumed another identity and obtained an ADOT MVD credentials. A case was generated sometime in April of 2015 and the investigation turned into a major multi – state agency and federal investigation. From the one FR hit, the investigation led detectives to a large money laundering scheme and identified several members of a Mexican drug cartel also using fraudulent identities. We’ve conducted five search warrants, with more to follow, and have made several arrests. We’ve seized 1200 pounds of drugs, automatic weapons and have seizure attorneys on board to assist with the seizure of high – dollar assets i.e. planes, residences, large sums of US currency and vehicles. Most of the cases we investigate as a result of facial recognition, have been fruitful in identifying and/ or apprehending suspects of, SSA benefit fraud, welfare, fugitives on the run from serious felonies to include homicide. David Lugo, Detective Sergeant