AUSTIN (KXAN) - The new crime cameras installed along Sixth Street are already proving useful, helping police arrest a suspect in assault over the weekend.
It happened in the 500 block of East Sixth on Saturday afternoon around 12:30 p.m. A woman physically assaulted a man. The actual incident was not caught on the crime cameras.
But, monitors at the HALO, Higher Activity Location Observation, center were able to track the suspect thanks to a good description from the caller who called it in.
The system of 17 cameras were able to track the suspect's whereabouts, and police on the ground were able to step in and make an arrest.
"There's been a lot of crime down here, so it's really nice to see that they're taking action and it does make me feel safer," said Sabia Saddiqi, who was dressed as Jane Fonda for Halloween Monday night.
"I've had friends who've been robbed going to their car at four in the morning. So, I think it's a good thing because that way we can apprehend, because obviously police officers can't be everywhere all at once," said Curtis, who was dressed as the TV series character, "Wilfred."
The assault was one of three reported assaults that happened in the downtown area between Friday evening and Sunday morning.
The new crime cameras went online last Thursday evening for the first time. Seventeen are currently in place around the Sixth street area, and 10 more are expected soon.
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