ABC News describes how Amazon’s surveillance doorbell cameras today led to the capture of an “extremely dangerous” inmate:
Homicide suspect Curtis Watson, 44, escaped from work detail on a tractor at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Henning, Tennessee, about 50 miles northeast of Memphis, on Wednesday. The tractor was later found about a mile away from the prison. Around 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning, police received a tip from Henning residents Harvey and Anne Taylor that they believed they had video surveillance of Watson outside their home, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch told reporters in a news conference.
The couple was woken up by an alarm from their Ring video doorbell system that alerted them someone was in their backyard, Harvey Taylor said. When they pulled up the screen, they saw a man looking in the refrigerator in their carport, but couldn’t see his face. Once Watson closed the refrigerator door, Ann Taylor recognized Watson from his beard, and the couple called 911…
Within 30 minutes of receiving the Taylors’ call, law enforcement officers from multiple agencies descended on the area, “which then kept it contained and controlled from that point forward,” Rausch said.