Man gives false name; technology to rescue

After a mile foot chase, a parole violator is captured.

Published August 25, 2006

CLEARWATER - Pinellas County sheriff's deputies used facial recognition technology Wednesday to identify a St. Petersburg man who was then arrested and charged with violating his parole on drug charges.

A female employee at Bay Area Bail Bonds in the 3300 block of Ulmerton Road called police after Anthony John Malacow, 27, pointed a rolled-up shirt at her in the parking lot, authorities said.

A little while later, deputies saw the man running on Ulmerton not far from the business, officials said. Malacow jumped a ditch while fleeing and tried to break into passing cars, authorities said.

A sheriff's helicopter and tracking dog helped catch Malacow, who had run more than a mile from where deputies first saw him, authorities said. Deputies realized Malacow had given them a false last name because he could not spell it.

But deputies were able to identify him thanks to the mobile facial recognition technology installed in 50 patrol cars that has helped identify nearly 300 people in the past two years, officials said.

Malacow also was charged with loitering and prowling. He was being held without bail at the Pinellas County Jail on Thursday.