Quincy Green was arrested in April on gun possession charges on Chesapeake Street in Southeast, Washington, DC. As part of his pretrial release, the 44-year-old was ordered to wear a GPS monitor on his ankle. Since the imposition of his house arrest, police officers and civilian reported sightings of Green, wearing his glasses and limping through the streets, but those claims were dismissed. The authorities thought it was an impossibility, because his ankle monitor indicated that he was in his apartment.
On May 19, Dana Hamilton left his mother’s house in Oxon Hill, where he lived on disability due to heart problems. Lillie Hamilton said that he son hopped into a van with friends to go and distribute religious pamphlets around town. Hamilton’s evangelism lead him to an apartment complex at Southern Ave at Chesapeake Street. He lived there with his family in the early 1990s and it was the site where his 22-year-old brother was gunned down. In the wee hours of that morning, Hamilton met the same fate of his brother, as he was shot to death.
The suspect, known as “Q,” was caught on camera, drinking booze with friends near the complex. The surveillance footage shows “Q” holding a gun and firing it several times at a fleeing man. Witnesses identified the shooter as none other than Quincy Green. However, all the authorities knew was that Green’s ankle monitor said that he was miles away at his apartment.
Quincy Green has a stone cold alibi, right? Wrong. It turns out that a representative of Sentinel Services (the California-based company that supplies and fits the GPS ankle bracelets on pretrial detainees in DC applied the monitor over Green’s sock. This is a procedural no-no, because it is the company’s policy that the ankle bracelet be “affixed tightly to skin.” Furthermore, the Sentinel rep did not realize that he had put the monitor on Green’s prosthetic leg. Reports indicate that Green simply removed his prosthetic leg with the monitor and put on a replacement leg, so that he could roam the streets. He placed the monitored leg in a box in his living. That is where police found it when they arrested him on May 25. Green was charged with second-degree murder on Friday.
This is the first time the District has seen someone have their ankle monitor placed on a prosthetic leg. Had the monitor been removed (from the leg) or cut off, the authorities would have been alerted. “I don’t understand how someone could put this device on a prosthetic leg,” chairman of the DC. police union Sgt. Matthew Mahl told the Washington Post. “It is frustrating for us as police officers to have one of our defendants released, especially when talking about dangerous crime like guns–and then to know that the accountability for these defendants isn’t always up to par.”