» Tattoos Used as Evidence Against Criminal Suspects

Tattoos Used as Evidence Against Criminal Suspects

Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 19, 2012 - Tattoos have seen a rapid rise in popularity in recent years.

Some ink enthusiasts choose designs and placements that are commonplace, while others may choose one-of-a-kind tattoos in unusual locations on the body. The more distinctive the tattoo, the more it serves to identify an individual — a fact that has not escaped law enforcement officers.

“Criminal suspects need to be aware that any distinguishing physical characteristics, including tattoos, may be used to build a case against them,” said Polk County criminal defense attorney Thomas Grajek. “Unfortunately, cases of false identification are all too commonplace.”

According to a report in the Tampa Bay Times, a tattoo helped convict Chris Combs, 43, of a recent bank robbery in St. Petersburg, Fla. When police questioned potential witnesses nearby, a Mariner Car Wash employee told them he'd seen a man fleeing the area at the time of the robbery and had noticed the man's prominent tattoo: the words “Most Wanted” printed in block letters on his right forearm. The description matched that of Combs' tattoo, who is now serving a 30-year sentence.

Assistant State Attorney Evan Brodsky, who prosecuted Combs, said that the tattoo was an essential piece of evidence.

In another St. Petersburg case, two victims of sexual battery told police their assailant had the words “Ride or Die” tattooed on his neck. This helped lead to the arrest of John C. Andrews, who has a tattoo matching that description and is now awaiting trial.

Increasingly, police agencies are photographing and cataloging suspects' tattoos in computer databases, making it easy to use them to corroborate other evidence and build a case. If a victim of a crime recalls the perpetrator had a skull and crossbones inked on his neck, for example, investigators would search their databases for anyone with a matching tattoo.

For more information about Polk County DUI lawyer Thomas Grajek, go to http://www.flcrimedefense.com/ or call 863-688-4606.

Thomas C. Grajek
206 Easton Drive, Suite 102
Lakeland, FL 33803
Phone: 863.688.4606

View Larger Map

  • Bad Timing: Outdated 10-20-Life Law Keeps Florida Man Behind Bars For 20 Years
    <p>Despite revisions to Florida’s 10-20-Life law that would have prevented the state’s mandatory minimum from attaching the 20-year maximum to Eric Wright’s sentence, an appeals court judge regretfully upheld the outdated law and cited “bad timing” in his opinion. A three-judge appellate panel at the 1st District Court of Appeal found that Wright’s 20-year maximum … <a href="http://www.flcrimedefense.com/2017/09/bad-timing-outdated-10-20-life-law-keeps-florida-man-behind-bars-20-years/" class="more-link">Continue reading <span class="screen-reader-text">Bad Timing: Outdated 10-20-Life Law Keeps Florida Man Behind Bars For 20 Years</span> <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a></p>
    <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.flcrimedefense.com/2017/09/bad-timing-outdated-10-20-life-law-keeps-florida-man-behind-bars-20-years/">Bad Timing: Outdated 10-20-Life Law Keeps Florida Man Behind Bars For 20 Years</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.flcrimedefense.com"></a>.</p>
  • Florida’s Second District Court of Appeals Rules Red Light Camera Tickets are Legal!
    <p>Today Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeals (DCA) ruled that municipalities can contract with 3rd party vendors to sort through images and issue violations for red light violations. This ruling covers Polk, Pasco, Hillsborough Pinellas, Manatee, and other counties in the jurisdiction of the 2nd DCA. The opinion can be read here. While the opinion … <a href="http://www.flcrimedefense.com/2016/11/floridas-second-district-court-appeals-rules-red-light-camera-tickets-legal/" class="more-link">Continue reading <span class="screen-reader-text">Florida’s Second District Court of Appeals Rules Red Light Camera Tickets are Legal!</span> <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a></p>
    <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.flcrimedefense.com/2016/11/floridas-second-district-court-appeals-rules-red-light-camera-tickets-legal/">Florida’s Second District Court of Appeals Rules Red Light Camera Tickets are Legal!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.flcrimedefense.com"></a>.</p>
  • Meth Makes Millions
    <p>It is no surprise that making the illegal drug methamphetamine (aka meth), a drug known by at least 45 different names, makes some individuals and groups very rich. It is a multi-billion dollar business that maims, kills and takes no prisoners. The chalky white powder looks deceivingly innocent. It is a bitter-tasting powder with no … <a href="http://www.flcrimedefense.com/2015/09/meth-makes-millions/" class="more-link">Continue reading <span class="screen-reader-text">Meth Makes Millions</span> <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a></p>
    <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.flcrimedefense.com/2015/09/meth-makes-millions/">Meth Makes Millions</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.flcrimedefense.com"></a>.</p>

See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: , , , , ,

Get headlines from Law Firm Newswire sent right to your inbox.

* indicates required