Luck finally ran out for a Slovak murder suspect who had evaded the police for over a decade. Kristian Danev, a Slovak national aged 33, had been wanted internationally by Czech authorities under an INTERPOL Red Notice following a murder he’s suspected to have committed ten years ago.
Finally, police in Buenos Aires, Argentina, arrested Danev after his image was identified as a likely match by INTERPOL’s facial recognition unit.
(TOP: Kristian Danev, the murder suspect from Slovakia arrested in Argentina after his image was identified via INTERPLO’s facial recognition technology. Photo: INTERPOL).
As part of an investigation by police in Argentina, INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Buenos Aires submitted images of the suspect to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters for comparison against records in its facial recognition database.
After the search result came up as a potential match, police in Argentina detained the suspect for further questioning, leading the suspect to subsequently confirm his identity to law enforcement officers.
“In less than 48 hours, INTERPOL’s global police cooperation platform helped locate, identify and arrest an international fugitive who had evaded justice for a decade,” said Harald Arm, Director of Operational Support and Analysis at INTERPOL, according to a statement by INTERPOL.
“This illustrates the fundamental role of INTERPOL’s policing capabilities and forensic data in international police investigations. We need to ensure that vital information moves faster than fugitives.”
INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support unit was supported by its Command and Coordination Centre and its Regional Bureau in Buenos Aires. They worked closely together with the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus in Bratislava, Buenos Aires and Prague to ensure the quick exchange of information on the case.
Authorities in Argentina are now holding Kristian Danev subject to his extradition to the Czech Republic.
INTERPOL launched its facial recognition biometric service in November 2016. It already contains more than 44,000 images from 137 countries.
Police forces across the globe use INTERPOL’s facial recognition tool daily to make connections between criminals and crime scenes, identify fugitives and missing persons or to compare mugshots.