May 11, 2018

    Phone App Leads to Arrest of Arizona Fugitive

    BOUND BROOK, NJ – A local resident wanted on a fugitive warrant from Arizona and Washington was tracked down and arrested with the aid of a phone app, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

    Douglas Black, 54, of Hardy Street, Bound Brook, was wanted for felony theft, according to Robertson, who provided the following account:

    The Office of the Arizona Attorney General called the Prosecutor’s Office in Somerville seeking assistance; detectives began a search in Somerset County.

    On May 9, detectives followed-up on leads provided by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, which had received an anonymous tip via the STOPit app.

    STOPit is an anonymous crime reporting app being utilized by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. Citizens can pass on information anonymously by providing photos or videos or “chat” with law enforcement about crime in Somerset County. The STOPit app also allows law enforcement to send notifications out to STOPit users and has a Get Help section with useful links and phone numbers to available resources within the County.

    Detectives staked out Hardy Street and saw Black leaving a Hardy Street residence at 6:25 p.m. May 9. He was approached by detectives and taken into custody without incident.

    Black was charged as a fugitive from justice and lodged in the Somerset County Jail while awaiting extradition proceedings to Arizona.

    The STOPit app is free to download on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, Access Code: SOMERSETNJ.

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