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CRIMINAL CASES THAT WERE SOLVED WITH THE HELP OF A FITNESS TRACKER

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As we have seen, the murder of Karen Navarra is not the only crime that was solved with the help of a fitness tracker. The evidence supplied by such devices has been admitted in the courts of a number of countries, including Germany, the UK, and Australia. Here are two other cases…

Kelly Herron was 4 miles into a 10-mile run in Seattle’s Golden Gardens Park in March of 2017 when she stopped to use a public restroom. As she dried her hands a man attacked, knocking her down. But Herron knew self-defense tactics she’d learned just three weeks earlier, and she used them. “I fought for my life, screaming ‘Not today, M ***** f***er!’ clawing at his face, punching, and desperatel­y trying to escape his grip—never giving up,” she recalls. She managed to escape outside, and a passerby helped her lock the assailant in the restroom until the police were able to arrive. It turned out the attacker, 40-year-old Gary Steiner, is a level 3 sex offender from Arizona. Data from the GPS tracker Herron was wearing helped ensure his conviction.

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