Real Law Enforcement: The Arrest Warrant

Every wonder what a felony arrest warrant in a Federal kidnapping case looks like?

Here is the link to the warrant signed by Andrea Ahumada, an agent with The Federal Bureau of Investigation, that details the arrest of Tammy Renee Silas. Silas is accused of kidnapping infant Yair Anthony Carrillo in Nashville after allegedly stabbing the baby's mother.

Authorities were able to safely apprehend Silas in Alabama and recover the baby evidently unharmed.

Just a few comments regarding the document:

--Since the baby was taken across state lines, it became a Federal case.

--Investigators used technology to their advantage. They were able to use the mother's basic description of the suspect car, along with her statements about where the family had been earlier that day, to learn that the suspect had been following them. Authorities were then able to enhance security video from a Wal-Mart parking lot to identify the car's license tag and trace it back to rental car company. The same security cameras captured the pictures of the defendant at the store.

Further, the defendant's cell records indicate that she made calls near the scene of the crime.

--The information in the warrant provides probable cause details of the government's case, but not all of the information that the prosecution will use (e.g. no identification of the defendant by the victim was included).

--The State will also file appropriate charges against the defendant (such as aggravated assault).

--Unrelated to the warrant, but I saw that the victim's children were placed in State custody. I am sure there will be more details on this situation than is available now.
Having near-immediate access to an arrest warrant in a Federal case is a wonderful learning tool for criminal justice students as well as citizens interested in how professionals solve crimes.


Natalie said...

That's crazy that the kidnapping was based off of seeing and then following an individual in everyday places (WIC office, Wal-mart parking lot). It's a good reminder to always be aware of one's surroundings (and the people in said surroundings).

It was very educational reading the FBI's file on the subject as well, since I usually read about kidnappings in more of a press release form. It's not what I expected (but very helpful!)

I'm relieved that the agent was able to find the infant unharmed, and am curious what transpires with this case.

mrs. fuzz said...

It's so satisfying when people don't get away with their horrific crimes.

I thought it was odd that all her children got taken from her as well after the ordeal. i wonder if it's an endangerment thing? because she left the house where the children were to get help instead of staying to protect them? It's probably something else entirely.

Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt said...

I wonder why Silas kidnapped the baby, if was random or otherwise. She obviously had an accomplice.

Yes, the warrant was quite interesting. I've never seen a warrant of any kind before.

I've also always wondered how true some of that NCIS stuff is. Apparently, some of the technology and processes are real.

BTW, does anyone know if the NCIS cases are Hollywood-ized to a huge extent? I mean, are they really out there fighting terrorists as much as the characters in the show? We Plebes are usually curious about things like that.

Slamdunk said...

You got me with that question Katherine. I have not seen the show and had to look it up.

I also have not worked around the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and could not speak intelligently about them.

Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt said...

I rarely watch television (almost never) but my in-laws got us hooked on this show. We rent the seasons on Netflix and have these NCIS marathons. It's like CSI but not.

NCIS is always rivaling with the FBI in the serious--fighting about jurisdictions.

I sound like a real geek.