US Marshalls Operation Triple Beam ended with 173 arrests

June 4, 2018 | Brainwave Science

Operation Triple Beam arrests




Operation Triple Beam was led by the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force and Montgomery police, along with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Alabama Attorney General’s Office. This was a three-month operation with the purpose to reduce violent crime in Montgomery, Alabama. The initiative targeted violent offenders responsible for high-profile crimes such as homicide, felony assault and sexual assault, illegal possession of firearms, illegal drug distribution, robbery, and arson. More than 173 people were arrested, and 76 weapons seized. Of those 173 felony arrests, 7 were for homicide, 20 were for robbery, over 70 for illegal narcotics possession and/or distribution and 8 for sex offenses. Of the 76 firearms seized, 41 cases were referred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the federal indictment. The following suspects are relevant to the investigation of some cases and were taken into custody during the Operation: Joseph Epps was arrested for terrorist threats in Montgomery, accused of calling his employer and threatening to kill multiple employees. After a search warrant was issued for Epp’s home, 9 rifles, 3 pistols, and various amounts of ammunition were seized. Xavier Thomas was arrested for unlawful distribution of narcotics. A search warrant was performed at his residence which resulted in the seize of 700 grams of marijuana, 86 grams of crack cocaine, 87 ecstasy pills, 1 assault rifle, and 1 pistol. Mark Robinson was taken into custody in possession of a firearm for the murder of Damian Clarke. Clarke was shot to death sitting in his car on the Southside of Montgomery in the commission of a robbery. Sonya Wright was indicted by a Coosa County Grand Jury for Capital Murder (victim was 2 years old- 10 years cold case). Keith Johnson had Cumberland County, N.C., issuing 2 arrest warrants on him for the charges of sexual assault and indecent liberties with a child (victim was 14).  Jerrell Washington had warrants issued for the dissemination of child pornography. Allegedly, he posted a picture of a sexual act with a child under the age of 12 on a live social media site.






The current investigative tools at law enforcement’s disposal, such as the DNA or polygraph test, are not efficient enough and can’t keep up with the new methods criminals use to perpetuate their plans. The U.S. Marshals Service fought gangs throughout its history and was the first federal law enforcement agency in the United States. This Force plays an active role in the community and as the U.S. Marshal for the Middle District of Alabama, Mr. Jesse Seroyer stated that “Operation Triple Beam has been a huge accomplishment for the United States Marshals Service, Montgomery Police Department, and our partner agencies. Together as a team, we commit ourselves to taking the worst of the worst off the streets in our communities. Obviously, with the number of firearms seized, we were identifying the right individuals.” Operation Triple Beam model was already used in 45 other cities across the United States of America, many cities like Montgomery more than once since it began in 2010.  While the Operation was active there were several arrests among which the one of a man who is accused of threatening to kill multiple employees at his workplace, the suspect in a fatal shooting of a Montgomery male citizen during a robbery and the capital murder arrest of a woman in a decade cold case of a 2-year-old girl’s death. The Operation Triple Beam model was a success with the efforts of so many human resources involved. How can authorities continue to take the best out of Operation Triple Beam now that it is over? What if there is a technology that allows them to gather intelligence out of these arrests and investigations, so no effort is wasted?






The number of violent crimes is a big concern in the United States. Daily many officers and agents are dedicated to multiple criminal investigations and iCognative by Brainwave Science is the ultimate investigative tool. The power of iCognative technology lies in its ability to distinguish accurately between criminals and innocents, by detecting concealed or hidden information in the brain. A test can be conducted on any person of interest since it respects Human Rights and it is non-invasive. The applicability of iCognative extends to Law Enforcement, Border Security, Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence and more. The main advantage of this technology is that it can easily determine what the suspect knows, based on a simple test and a series of stimuli connected to the case. To conduct a test on a subject, the test case needs to be built with information about the case, used as stimuli. This information is confidential, known only to the investigative agent and of relevance to the perpetrator. Considering the arrest of Joseph Epps, we can probably use information we have from the media provided it is confidential: the method was chosen to threaten – phone call; the relation he had with the victims – his employees; the objects found at his home after a search warrant – 9 rifles, 3 pistols, and various amounts of ammunition were seized. The investigative agent can also use: information regarding previous Montgomery attacks in the area, to understand if there are any connections or it was a lone wolf situation; information gathered during the time the suspect was under investigation to foresee any other terroristic threat. This information, used as stimuli in the form of picture or words, depending on its availability, will be displayed for the suspect on a computer screen, one after another. Then, the system collects brain responses to each stimulus and all these brain responses are analyzed at end of the test by analysis engine will determine with 99.9% accuracy if the information is present or absent in the brain of the suspect. iCognative relies on detecting a distinct change in electrical activity when a human brain responds to the sight of familiar stimuli.  All the other suspects arrested, namely Xavier Thomas, for unlawful distribution of narcotics; Mark Robinson for the murder of Damian Clarke; Sonya Wright indicted for Capital Murder (2 years old victim); Keith Johnson for sexual assault and indecent liberties with a child; Jerrell Washington for dissemination of child pornography, can be tested within short amount of time on each of them.  iCognative can be the next step in Operation Triple Beam unveiling much more than the suspects are willing to tell without having to apply much more effort into it. iCognative by Brainwave Science will allow to save innocents and help US Marshalls capture all criminals.



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