Suspect ID’d with help of facial recognition software, say Greenville Co. deputies

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GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – The suspect in the August 17th armed robbery at GT’s Express Mart has been arrested, according to Greenville Co. Sheriff’s Office.

They say investigators were able to use newly acquired facial recognition software from SLED on the surveillance video to get a substantial lead.

They say the software identifies comparable photos for matches.

“Upload the images and within seconds, get some potential matches using the software taking measurements of distinct characteristics on the face,” said Greenville County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Ryan Flood. 

From there they were able to get enough evidence to implicate the man as the possible suspect.

“It established a strong enough lead to lead the investigators down the right path to substantiate some more evidence,” said Lt. Flood. 

He said the Sheriff’s office previously used a similar software but this one is more advanced. 

“We started utilizing it more and what it’s allowed us to do is go back and look at some previous cases that might have gone unsolved and hopefully see if we can get some facial recognition matches on those,” said Lt. Flood. “Technology certainly helps us and as it advances, as an agency we advance as well.” 

Darrius Maurice Williams was arrested for Armed Robbery and Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime.

He is being held on a $40,000 bond.

Investigators say Williams entered the store, armed himself with a gun and demanded money from the register.

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