Chicago cops use face recognition software to nab CTA mugger

Pierre MartinChicago police earlier this year used facial recognition software to enhance a CTA surveillance photo of a robbery suspect.

With software purchased through a $5.4 million grant that the CTA got through the Transportation Security Administration, Chicago cops were able to enhance a side-view photo of the face of Pierre Martin (in photo at left). Police said he confessed to a mugging on the CTA after witnesses identified him from a lineup.

According to a Chicagoist report:

NeoFace software captures “latent face” images from photographs or videos, which enhances images and then searches them against repositories of mugshots. In Martin’s case, a photo taken from a CTA surveillance camera of a suspected mugger showing the suspect from the side ranked as one of the best possible matches.

This is a great use of federal funding. Check out this promo video of how the NeoFace software works.


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  • Notwithstanding the terra cotta warriors, if the muggers get the message that the cops have cameras and facial recognition software and iPhones have gps, maybe they will wise up and get another line of "work."

    You think this message would have gotten out, given that it was publicized that this kind of software is how the Tsarnaevs were identified in the crowd. However, the criminal element here probably would have had to steal a device to see that news report.

  • In reply to jack:

    Here's how stupid our local criminals are.
    A couple of months ago, some moron tried to rob the Bank of America branch at Lincoln/Belmont/Ashland.
    If you've been in there as I have, the tellers are protected behind 1.5" bulletproof plastic [well, bulletproof to almost anything a bank robber would be carrying]. There's also one of those depressed trays you slide the money & checks through, so you can't try to shoot a gun through that!

    That's how stupid our local criminals are!

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Sounds like Harold's Chicken Shack (at least most of them). You don't hear about them being robbed.

  • In reply to jack:

    That's because if you tried to rob Harold's someone else would shoot you for holding up the line.

  • In reply to chris:

    I was thinking more along the lines of the money slot Scooter described, as well as the plexiglass Lazy Susan, which I don't think Thomas Jefferson invented (at least the plexiglass part).

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    "Don't lock eyes with them don't do it, it puts them on edge. It might put them into berserker mode and they'll come at you like a whirling dervish, all fists and tazers. You may be screaming no no no. But all they hear is “who wants a beatdown?"

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