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Published September 18, 2012, 09:37 PM

Social media helps fight crime in Moorhead

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- It's crime fighting in the 21st Century. Post videos, post photos and use social media to see if the public might know anything about a possible person of interest.

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- It's crime fighting in the 21st Century. Post videos, post photos and use social media to see if the public might know anything about a possible person of interest.

It's the exact tactics Moorhead Police are using to try and crack three unsolved crimes.

A violent assault and rape, a burglary and a stolen vehicle. Three felonies this summer where the police have photographic and video evidence, but no suspect.

And now, they're asking for your help.

Lt. Tory Jacobson: "The computers, Facebook, all the ones that are available to us have really helped us reach out to that many more people."

Lieutenant Tory Jacobson calls it an investigation that has the Moorhead Police Department's highest priority. Police are calling this man, seen walking downtown in all black, a person of interest in a physical-sexual assault.

A woman says she was getting out of her car on 5th Street near Main Avenue shortly after 4:00 a.m. on September 6th. She says the man punched her multiple times before the sexually assault. Again, this man was seen in the area and matching the description.

Next are photos of an unknown male, shown here driving a stolen vehicle into a tree on July 28th and leaving the scene in a black SUV.

And finally, surveillance photos of a male suspect accused of burglarizing the Travel Mart on Highway 75 last Wednesday.

Jacobson: "They may recognize something significant with this person, how they carry themselves, the fact they are smoking, maybe how they smoke."

The question of too much Big Brother has been a divided issue across the River in Fargo, but for Jacobson, it's not Big Brother helping solve crime, it's small business surveillance video.

Jacobson: "Everybody should realize, when you're out in the public, you can be captured and you probably are being captured by some type of video somewhere."

Anyone with any information on these three men is asked to call the Red River Dispatch at the number below. 701-451-7660.

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