San Francisco Bay Area Violent Crime

Automated License Plate Reader Leads to Arrest of Alleged Fugitive

Jamil Blake Credit Vallejo Police Department
Jamil Blake Credit Vallejo Police Department

Automated License Plate Reader Leads to Arrest of Alleged Fugitive

Vallejo Police Department Press Release

VALLEJO – On October 26, 2021, at approximately 3:15 am, a Vallejo Police Officer spotted a vehicle in the area of Gateway Drive and Fairgrounds Drive wanted in connection to a robbery that occurred on August 30, 2021.

The vehicle description was entered into our Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) system as an agency BOLO or be on the lookout. As a result of the alerts, the officer was able to initiate a traffic stop and made contact with the associated robbery suspect, 32-year-old Jamil Blake of Vallejo. Blake was also in violation of his PRCS parole status.

Upon stopping Blake, a PRCS parole search of the vehicle was conducted and yielded a loaded 9mm “ghost gun” firearm with an extended magazine. The officer also located what was suspected as methamphetamine on Blake. Blake was arrested on several felony charges and booked into the Solano County Jail.

“This arrest is a fervent reminder of the proliferation of ghost guns on our streets,” Vallejo Chief of Police Shawny K. Williams stated. “We’re thrilled to know that our investment into technology is yielding significant results.”

Since the implementation of Operation PEACE, ghost gun recoveries have skyrocketed by 95%. In year-to-date statistics from September 2020 to September 2021, a small unit of Operation PEACE Officers have made over 138 felony arrests and recovered more than 75 firearms.

“Our work doesn’t stop here,” Vallejo Police Captain Jason Potts stated. “We’re very proud of the outstanding work our patrol division and PEACE officers are doing to help mitigate gun violence, and we hope to continue those efforts.”

This incident, like many others, is an example of the effectiveness of the ALPR system. Another violent offender has been taken off the streets of Vallejo. The addition of 40 ALPR cameras are expected to be installed throughout the City of Vallejo by the end of the year.

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Fugitive Watch was founded in 1992 by two San Jose police officers, Steve Ferdin and Scott Castruita. Fugitive Watch is a reality-based television show, newspaper and website, We can also be found on social media such as InstagramFacebook, and Twitter. The mission of Fugitive Watch is to make Your community safer by helping law enforcement fight crime. Fugitive Watch brings the community, local business, and law enforcement together to solve crimes, apprehend wanted fugitives and provide education and crime prevention information to the community.

Business and private sponsorship help Fugitive Watch empower the community to strike back at crime from the safety of their living rooms. Fugitive Watch has been credited by law enforcement with over several 2,890 crimes solved or fugitives apprehended. Fugitive Watch also helps improve the safety of police officers by locating fugitives for law enforcement so they can more safely arrest them rather than unexpectedly running across them through extremely dangerous routine “chance encounters”. As law enforcement officers know all too well, These “chance encounters” have resulted in countless officer injuries and deaths.

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