Map: Tempe purse robbery
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tempe Police is crediting a new technology with helping them arrest a robbery suspect.
Police said they were able to arrest Lewis Jake, 35, this week thanks to a new report writing system that allows officers to upload information related to a crime wirelessly.
The new technology also alerts officers to new information immediately if they come in contact with a suspect or their vehicle.
Jake is suspected of taking an elderly woman’s purse on Jan. 6 as she walked out of a grocery store parking lot at 725 W. Baseline Road.
The woman fell to the ground and suffered serious injuries during the robbery, while Jake reportedly fled in a vehicle.
The following day, an officer was patrolling in the area of 1700 S. Priest Drive when the new technology alerted them to the car Jake had fled the scene in.
Detectives set up surveillance, and Jake was taken into custody a short time later.
Police searched both the vehicle and the room where Jake was staying and found property belonging to the victim.
Police said Jake also went on to admit to his involvement in the crime.
He was booked into the Tempe City Jail on charges of robbery, aggravated assault, and tampering with evidence.