Local authorities turn to social media to help them nab fugitives

OKLAHOMA – The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s office is doing everything they can to fight crime lately the office had used social media to help them place handcuffs on several suspects.

“Social media is a great tool for law enforcement; in ways we have found it to be very effective is tracking down fugitives,” said Mark Meyers with Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office.

The office has about 60,000 active warrants countywide. So they started Warrant Wednesday and Fugitive Friday. With the click of a few keys or screen taps citizens can give real-time information on violators.

This Wednesday they are looking for this man. John Scott Longan. Detectives say he’s been on the run since 2012. Longan is wanted for first degree manslaughter, DUI, and possession of oxycodone.

“This is an individual who made a choice to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol and that choice wound up killing a friend of his.”

On Fugitive Fridays concerned residents can submit their zip code if they want officers to search for suspects who may be in their area.

“The public is very active in sharing that information and getting in touch with us if they know that location of one of our fugitives.”

So far they’ve arrested 25 percent of the suspects made public.

These are just a few men featured on Fugitive Friday.

Guillermo Gonzalez is wanted for kidnapping, domestic violence and violating a protective order.

Miguel Aguirre is wanted for drug trafficking and weapons possession

Investigators want Ramesh Hill behind bars for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assaulting a police officer

Deputies hope their thousands of Twitter and Facebook followers will help bring these men to justice.

“What we have found is that for the most part people just want to be heard and social media gives us that opportunity.”