Realizing he now had a photograph identifying his muggers, the boy contacted the police again, and they were able to get a clear version of the photo. Apparently, this wasn't the twins' first run-in with local authorities because a robbery detective immediately recognized one of the brothers (because they were identical twins, it is impossible to know whether or not he was mistaken), and the pair were brought in.
This isn't the only time randomly checking Google Earth has solved a crime, by the way -- in 2013, an unnamed Mississippi man was using Google Earth to survey his property when he spotted what later turned out to be an abandoned SUV, one that had been reported stolen months earlier. This discovery let the sheriff's department finally prosecute their chief suspect in the crime, and everyone lived happily ever -- after as long as they don't think too much about the implications of a private company having the entire planet under constant surveillance.
A Fugitive War Criminal Gets Spotted By One Of His Former Prisoners At A Cafe In Denver
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In the 1970s, Kefelegn Alemu Worku served as a guard of a political prison for the Derg dictatorship in Ethiopia, where his job was torturing and killing anyone who was against the brutal junta. Alemu Worku was apparently super good at this job -- in addition to shooting prisoners in the stomach with his Kalashnikov and ordering the bullet wounds to be stuffed with newspapers and lit on fire, he would routinely force his captives to drink each other's spilled blood. You know, the kind of guy who would have trouble finding work if a brutal dictatorship wasn't hiring.
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After the Derg regime fell, Alemu Worku sensed this was probably a good idea to get the hell out of town. He was able to sneak into the U.S., settling in Colorado where he lived peacefully until 2011, when his appetite finally got him caught.
You see, there's a place in Denver called the Cozy Cafe known for having good Ethiopian food, and, craving some hometown flavor, Alemu Worku decided to pay it a visit. While he sat there, waiting for his food, a man named Kiflu Ketema approached him and said, "I think I know you." This was the understatement of the century -- Ketema was actually one of the prisoners Alemu Worku had tormented. After realizing he had just spotted the embodiment of Satan at the Cozy Cafe, Ketema notified federal authorities and had him arrested.
"Thanks for tip! In hindsight, maybe we should have been looking for this guy."
Several former prisoners came forward to testify at Worku's eventual trial, and the jury found him guilty after only three hours of deliberation, which still seems like entirely too much time. Worku was sentenced to 22 years in prison, and, if he ever gets released, he will probably be extradited to Ethiopia to be hanged. We assume he took all of this into account when calculating his tip at the Cozy Cafe.
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