SPOKANE, Wash.—STA Plaza security and police worked together quickly on Saturday to identify a stabbing suspect. A detailed picture from an STA camera was instrumental in tracking the suspect down.
There were 67 cameras at the STA Plaza. The cameras were a $1.5 million investment that STA officials made in 2009.
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“Just about everywhere a customer can be there are cameras,” said STA CEO Susan Meyer.
The system allowed security to watch the more than 1,300 people who ride the STA busses each day.
Several of the 47 indoor cameras at the STA Plaza captured the stabbing on Saturday. A picture from a bus outside of the plaza on Sprague captured the best view of the suspect leaving the scene. Cameras were installed on the buses in 2011. Each bus had a minimum of eight cameras.
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STA security identified the suspect within 20 minutes of the murder. They downloaded an image and printed it for officers. Officials said the picture even gave police an idea of which direction he was headed.
"It's one of the reasons the STA Plaza is one of the safest places because we have security and the downtown precinct is right next door,” said Meyer.