CNET News is reporting on the interesting, behind-the-scenes details involved in the capture of the “MySpace Fugitive” inside a Philadelphia public library.
From the CNET report —
Darren Bates’ capture last week as he was updating his MySpace page at the Philadelphia main library has been widely reported. But exactly how were U.S. Marshals able to capture the man wanted in Georgia and Massachusetts?
Bates, 35, was arrested Thursday morning at the main branch of the Philadelphia public library. He had been on the run since escaping from the Hancock County Jail in Georgia in June while being held on charges of auto theft. Bates is also a suspect in the beating of an 88-year-old Georgia woman in her home. And he was also wanted on sexual assault charges in New Bedford, Mass.
“We received information from officers in Massachusetts that he (Bates) had a continuing pattern of going to the library at a certain time to log in to his MySpace page,” said John Patrignani, supervisory deputy of the U.S. Marshals Service Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force.
Patrignani said his team was given that leading information from Deputy U.S. Marshal Robert Charette, who was tracking Bates.
“We were able to work in conjunction with MySpace to determine that he was utilizing a city of Philadelphia computer to log into his MySpace account. After gathering that info, I was able to work with the city of Philadelphia to determine what library branch computer he was using,” said Charette.
Charette was able to determine where and when Bates was logging on to MySpace.com. Plain clothes officers were then placed in that location and waited for Bates’ next visit to the library.