Thermal Drone Use Leads to Swift Arrest in Tennessee Rape Case

Thermal Drone and K9 Collaboration in Suspect Apprehension

The County Sheriff's Office in successfully apprehended a rape suspect, Jason Harmon, 42, of Kingsport, through the combined efforts of a thermal drone and K9 unit.

The arrest, which occurred on Sunday, was a testament to the effective integration of technology and traditional law enforcement methods in responding to serious crimes.

Rapid Response and Tactical Advantage

Following a reported rape on Telford School Road early Sunday morning, deputies swiftly responded to the scene. The victim informed them that Harmon had recently fled, leading officers to believe he was still nearby. Harmon, found to be without shoes and minimally clothed, was assumed not to have gone far.

Utilizing a drone, deputies searched the surrounding area. The drone detected Harmon's heat signature approximately 300 yards away in a wooded region.

When Harmon ignored commands, K9 Sgt. Ronin was deployed into the woods, enabling authorities to take him into custody with only minor injuries.

Arrest and Charges

Harmon reportedly faces multiple charges including rape, incest, evading arrest, and possession of schedule II drugs. Notably, suboxone pills were discovered in his pocket at the time of arrest.

He is currently held at the Washington County Detention Center, with a bond set at $102,000.

This incident highlights the increasing role of advanced technology, such as drones, in enhancing law enforcement capabilities, particularly in tracking and apprehending suspects in challenging environments.

The thermal image is for illustration purposes only.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ or @hayekesteloo.

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