LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Lafayette police have arrested nearly a dozen people featured on Fugitive Search since last month.
Nine people featured on News 18’s Fugitive Search were arrested days after their information aired.
“It’s been a good streak as far as how quickly they’ve been located,” Lafayette Police Detective Jared Sowders said. “I would say it’s a little abnormal for it to be that quick. It usually takes at least a couple of days, but there have been a few of them that have been located the same day.”
Lafayette Police detectives send News 18 information every Thursday for a person wanted on a warrant.
“We also send out Nixle alerts to the community to make them aware of that and post it on our Lafayette Police Department website,” Sowders said.
It seems to be working. Sometimes the person is arrested before their information even airs, as was the case Thursday with Jamal Stewart. Sowders said 21-year-old Alana Ward was the subject of this week’s Fugitive Search and was arrested in Carroll County Friday.
Sowders said a lot of the credit for these arrests goes to the community.
“I think it’s a little bit of a lucky streak and it’s also the help of the community,” Sowders said. “Once that is aired a lot of the times we get a lot of reliable tips that come in, which lead us into the direction of that fugitive.”
Sowders said those tips are crucial when looking for someone who may be a danger to the community.