MHP Announces First Success in its “Warrant Wednesdays” Campaign
Today, the Montana Highway Patrol announced its new Facebook outreach tool designed to use public assistance to help law enforcement officers locate wanted fugitives resulted in its first apprehension.
Andrew Jorge Douglas Heiser was arrested last night by the MHP with assistance from the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office near Billings after a citizen posted a Facebook tip as to Heiser’s whereabouts after reading about him in the Patrol’s “Warrant Wednesday” post yesterday.
Heiser, 26, had an outstanding $20,000 warrant for charges stemming from a November 2, 2014 wreck near Shepherd, as well as an outstanding warrant out of Meagher County District Court for failure to appear at a revocation hearing with a $10,000 bond. Heiser had recently been involved in a vehicle pursuit and has a history of incidents involving violence.
“This early success of our Warrant Wednesday campaign shows just how powerful a resource social media can be to law enforcement agencies,” said Colonel Tom Butler, chief of the Highway Patrol. “We thank the tipster who reached out to us with the information on Heiser’s whereabouts that ultimately resulted in his arrest, and we look forward to more successes with the help of the public.”
“Montanans care deeply about their communities and the well-being of their neighbors,” Attorney General Tim Fox said. “Warrant Wednesdays offers a convenient and timely way for the public to team up with law enforcement to help locate dangerous criminals and keep their neighborhoods safe.”
Each Wednesday on its official Facebook page, the Patrol posts the name and photo of a person with an outstanding arrest warrant who may pose a risk to public safety and/or whose warrant has been outstanding for an extended period of time. Members of the public who have information regarding the person in question are encouraged to contact the Patrol directly by calling 1-855-MHP-3777, by emailing [email protected], or by private Facebook message only, and are asked not to approach the person in question.
The Montana Highway Patrol’s official Facebook page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/montanahighwaypatrol.