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License Plate Readers and ID Technology Lead to Palm Coast Arrest of Long-Time Fugitive

| April 12, 2019

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Changa Bush.

Changa Bush is a 40-year-old transient and fugitive wanted in New York on a parole violation since 2016. New surveillance technology the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office technology started using a few months ago, and another form of identifying technology it’s been using for a few years, helped track down Bush to a Bunnell gas station and lead to his arrest this morning, after the agency got a tip from St. Johns County.

Bush was driving a 2018 gray Dodge Journey with Florida tags. The vehicle had been reported stolen from Avis Car Rental in South Carolina. It triggered an alert when a license plate reader, or LPR, scanned the Dodge in St. Johns County. Flagler deputies began searching for the vehicle, then got word from 911 dispatch that they had an LPR hit of their own. A deputy spotted the Dodge going south on U.S. 1, passing County Road 13 just north of Bunnell. The deputy pulled up behind the vehicle without lights or sirens and confirmed the plate number.

The Dodge pulled into the Sunoco gas station on State Street in Bunnell, where deputies executed a felony traffic stop.

“You guys got me,” Bush told them. He was read his Miranda rights, but he declined to answer any questions, as is his right. He had “multiple fraudulent identification cards and refused to identify himself” his arrest report states. At that point a deputy used the so-called Rapid ID system, a fast system that uses fingerprint matching techniques to identify an individual, if that individual’s fingerprints are in the system. Bush’s were. The ID revealed that he was wanted in new York.

The vehicle was towed to nearby John’s Towing in Bunnell, Bush was charged with grand theft and taken to the Flagler County jail, where he’ll be held without bond until his extradition to New York. An investigation is continuing into Bush’s activities. Additional charges may be pending.

“This is exactly why we implemented Radid ID and LPRs in Flagler County, so we can take criminals like this off the streets,” Sheriff Rick Staly was quoted as saying in a release issued this afternoon. “Our technology and crime fighting strategy is working and today it took a fugitive parolee off the streets that has been on the run for three years. He came to the wrong county. Great work by our deputies and detectives.”

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6 Responses for “License Plate Readers and ID Technology Lead to Palm Coast Arrest of Long-Time Fugitive”

  1. The original woody says:


  2. hawkeye says:

    very nice ,I saw this happening this morning, its a good thing for him that he gave up so easily,there were probably 5 or 6 cruisers at the gas station,before some people say what a waste of resources,it is a proven fact that when faced with overwhelming odds like that ,the bad guy usually gives up.Another bad actor off the streets. Go FCSO

  3. Laurie says:


  4. The Realist says:

    Great job FCSO! Now enforce the laws already in place about illegal camping on county property. I wonder if people were pitching tents in the grass around the front of the courthouse and the county services building if they would be so lenient? Has anyone looked at the way the migrants have sprawled out through the library property now that the county was nice enough to remove the underbrush for the campers? For as hard as the City of Palm Coast works to make Palm Coast a beautiful place to live we have to see this county problem smack dab in the middle of it. Make no mistake, this is a County problem because the City is powerless to act on County property.

  5. FlaglerBear says:

    Is this dude related to Leon Wiley, the guy arrested last week for sex crimes? They’ve both got that same goofy mug shot grin…what is up with that?!

  6. Steve says:

    Now hes Changa Con.See you, no longer a fugitive, I am sure New York is ecstatic to have you back.

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