Malfunction of monitor worn by juvenile suspect caused by either cellular network issues or environmental conditions
Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman released a report Friday on what they believe went wrong with an electronic ankle monitor worn by a 14-year-old accused of participating in an Uptown carjacking and armed robbery Oct. 2.
The report by Omnilink Systems, the equipment provider for the electronic monitoring system program overseen by Gusman's office, says it appears the ankle monitor had difficulty communicating with the Omnilink servers, which could have been caused by cellular network issues or environmental conditions.
Gusman says Omnilink contacted its cellular network providers and determined there was a gap in cell coverage.
"This gap in cellular coverage included a lack of coverage in the vicinity of this juvenile's location, causing a lack of updated communication between the monitoring device, the host and the sheriff's office monitors."
Gusman says the sheriff's office internal investigation into this incident continues, and disciplinary action is expected to be taken against at least one deputy.
"We do expect that the deputy assigned to this case will receive an administrative charge related to the monitoring of this incident."