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ALPR Success Story: Shoutout to Prospect Park Police (PA)

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There’s nothing like a success story of this magnitude to prove the efficacy and importance of ALPR technology—and the power of collaboration among law enforcement agencies across multiple jurisdictions.

The Alert

On Sunday, January 6, 2019, police from the Prospect Park Police Department in Pennsylvania received an alert from their automated license plate recognition system (ALPR) that it had identified a stolen silver 2014 Kia Forte sedan from New Hampshire. 

The Suspect

 As it turns out, the operator of the Kia had just stolen the car a few days earlier, before forcing a randomly targeted woman and her child into the car at the Mall of New Hampshire, driving to Vermont, and sexually assaulting the woman in a hotel room. When the suspect, 41-year-old Everett Simpson, left the hotel room on Saturday evening, the woman and child were able to safely escape and contact the police. 

The Arrest

Simpson, who had already been arrested in September for a vehicle theft, high-speed pursuit and aggravated assault on a Vermont State Police trooper, refused to stop for law enforcement as they pursued his car following the ALPR alert. 

As described on VermontBiz.com, “a car chase ensued, ending when the Kia was found abandoned in the parking lot of a nearby apartment complex. Police established a perimeter and were searching for the suspect when, about an hour later, another vehicle was reported stolen from the area, a red Pontiac Vibe. Upper Darby Township police located that car, and another pursuit began, ending when the Vibe crashed into a telephone pole. The operator was taken into custody and identified as Simpson.”

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For more on this story, visit:

Boston25 NewsMan arrested after car chases in PA, kidnapping in NH, sexual assault in VT

Boston.com: Vermont man arrested in Pennsylvania after alleged kidnapping, sexual assault, and car theft

Valley News: Police: Suspect Apprehended in Kidnapping, Sexual Assault

Justice.gov: Everett Simpson Charged with Federal Kidnapping

NECN.comEstranged Wife of Kidnapping, Rape Suspect Speaks Out