DPS' facial recognition team identifies alleged armed robber

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Posted at 3:30 PM, Oct 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-17 18:30:33-04

PHOENIX — The Department of Public Safety used facial recognition technology to identify an alleged suspect in an armed robbery that occurred in Phoenix, according to court documents.

Phoenix police report that on September 11, a man robbed a Circle K store near 43th Avenue and Thomas Road. The man allegedly threatened a person with a knife before leaving.

DPS says a bulletin showing surveillance pictures of the suspect was sent to Valley law enforcement agencies following the robbery.

A member of DPS' facial recognition team used the technology to identify Adrian Garcia Galaviz, 30, as the suspect.

Witnesses positively identified Galaviz as the man who robbed the store, police say.

Galaviz was located at the 4th Avenue Jail, where he was already in custody on unrelated charges. Police charged with for armed robbery with a deadly weapon.