LANCASTER – It’s been less than a week since the Law Enforcement Aerial Platform System (LEAPS) was launched in the skies of Lancaster. But already, LEAPS is helping law enforcement to catch suspected criminals, authorities said.
Tuesday (Aug. 28), the aircraft assisted the Los Angeles Police Department in catching a man wanted in connection with a double homicide, according to Lancaster Community Relations Deputy Michael Rust.
The following is the press report from the Lancaster Station:
On Tuesday (August 28, 2012) several officers from the Los Angeles Police Department were conducting an undercover surveillance operation of an eastside Lancaster apartment complex.
The officers were looking for a male suspect who was wanted in connection with a double homicide.
Shortly before 3 p.m., the officers confirmed that the suspect was, in fact, inside the apartment unit they were watching.
At this point, they asked Lancaster Station deputies to assist them in the capture of the suspect.
The city of Lancaster’s new Law Enforcement Aerial Platform System (LEAPS) was immediately dispatched to the area and, within seconds, provided the Station’s Watch Deputy with an aerial view of the apartment complex.
Using this information, the Watch Deputy was able to maintain an aerial view of the complex while units were positioned around the building to prevent the suspect’s escape.
Once the building was contained, the Watch Deputy used LEAPS to maintain his visual of the suspect’s apartment.
This allowed the LAPD Officers to safely take the suspect into custody without incident.
Lancaster Sheriff’s Station has no further information regarding the suspect at this time.
Editor’s Note: We will have more information on the double murder suspect as it becomes available.