Convicted criminal on GPS monitoring attacks elderly man at ATM with baseball bat

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CLEVELAND, OH – A criminal who was released back onto the streets in Cuyahoga County under GPS monitoring, often known as an ankle bracelet, is said to be responsible for a recent attack at an ATM that nearly left an elderly gentleman dead.

From the victim’s perspective, GPS tracking of released inmates isn’t effective in stopping would-be criminals.

The robbery took place at an ATM located at Shaker Square in Cleveland, Ohio.

The victim said he was caught off guard by the suspect, identified as Anderson Stapler, and was struck numerous times with a baseball bat while the assailant demanded money:

“He hit me like a dozen times with a baseball bat. Just a vicious and cowardly attack. This guy should have never been on the street.”

Stapler was a convicted criminal released under monitoring via GPS when the crime occurred. While Stapler is back in custody facing numerous charges related to the alleged ATM attack, the elderly victim just doesn’t have much faith in the monitoring system of parolees:

“Monitoring doesn’t keep them from committing crime.”

The concept of ankle monitoring is a simple one.

Since most inmates in prison or jail have some form of release scheduled, there’s a tendency to utilize GPS tracking on certain scheduled releases for any number of reasons. The intended goal is to be able to remotely enforce the likes of curfews or ensuring an established perimeter isn’t breached.

Cuyahoga County Sheriff David Schilling was recently asked about his thoughts on the effectiveness of GPS monitoring currently, given the recent incident. For the most part, Sheriff Schilling has faith in the model:

“I would say from a public safety standpoint, I’m comfortable with it.”

While the sheriff is cognizant that there’s always going to be those who deviate from GPS monitoring conditions, the endeavor is often more successful than not:

“I think this is a way to get individuals out of our correctional facility who don’t really need to be here. There’s always gonna be some that violate, that cut it off.”

According to the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, there’s been a total of 7,995 alerts generated from the GPS monitoring program of released offenders in the first quarter of 2020.

However, those alerts don’t always mean foul play is afoot, as those alerts can sometimes go off in the event of low batteries or equipment related issues.

Since the month of March, the CCSD noted that there’s been seven instances of inmates released under GPS monitoring that have removed their ankle monitors, thus going off the grid. Of those seven, only one is back in custody, Marquan Little, from what records show.

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Last month in April, we at Law Enforcement Today reported on another demographic being fitted with such devices for tracking – those allegedly not abiding to certain quarantine orders. 

In portions of Kentucky, certain persons who aren’t following a self-quarantine model are being treated like criminals on house arrest to a degree.

How so?

By those certain persons having to wear Department of Corrections issued monitoring devices. The infamous “ankle monitor,” as it’s often called.  

This is all boiling down to whether someone is adhering to advisories to shack-up for a period of time after coming into contact with COVID-19 patients. It’s no secret that nearly every county or state has something in place that mirrors a quarantine order when potential exposure or confirmed diagnosis has transpired.

In a recent case, with the defendant going under a pseudonym for patient privacy laws, a judge ordered that “D.L.” has to wear a monitoring device for 14 days.

The order came from Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Angela Bisig after an affidavit was filed by Dr. Sarah Moyer, who serves as the Chief Health Strategist for the city of Louisville. According to this filed affidavit, D.L. lives with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, and also resides with another person assumed to have the virus as well.

Since living with one confirmed patient and one presumptive case, D.L. was ordered to stay inside, but his family reported that D.L. “leaves the house often.” Apparently, the two others inside the home with D.L. are getting ankle bracelets as well.

Reportedly, another individual in the area had gotten fitted for one of these fashionable police-pagers for going to get some shopping done after testing positive for COVID-19. The Jefferson County courts have actually devised a system of on-call judges to address those who are violating these quarantine orders.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear even established a hotline dedicated for those who spot people violating any quarantine mandates. If that wasn’t enough, people can even hop online to make complaints about people who are not complying with any order relevant to COVID-19 guidelines.

Some may call this in the interest of safety, others may call this tyranny. I look at this and wonder just how we got here in the first place. These measures may be needed, but they are also worrisome simultaneously.

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