TeslaCam Caught A Gun Shooter On Camera, Helps Police Arrest Him
Tesla’s TeslaCam feature has proven itself extremely useful. The integrated camera has assisted in the arrest of an individual who was caught on the camera shooting a weapon at a Tesla Model Y.
As part of the Tesla Autopilot system, the Tesla ecosystem utilizes the eight built-in cameras around the vehicle for a number of purposes.
Sentry Mode is tasked with using the cameras to intelligently record around the vehicle when it is parked as part of a smart alarm system. TeslaCam – which has proven to be extremely useful in this instance – is essentially an always-on dashboard camera that records multiple angles and perspectives.
In this instance, a video captured by a Tesla Model Y has helped the police identify and arrest an individual who was suspected of a drive-by shooting on the highway in California. If you watch the video, you can clearly see a Tesla Model Y passing a Nissan Rogue on the highway, only for the driver of the Nissan to lift up some kind of weapon and fire a projectile directly at the Tesla Model Y across lanes of traffic. You can also see the window of the Model Y shattering immediately.
The TeslaCam feature captured the entire incident and gave a clear-as-day view of the driver’s face. The California Highway patrol has confirmed the arrest and confirmed that a number of amateur weapons were also found at the individual’s property, as per a statement:
On June 29, 2021, at approximately 8:00 am, a motorist was driving his Tesla Model Y on southbound Interstate 5 near Cosumnes River Boulevard when his right rear window suddenly broke. The motorist drove to work and viewed the camera footage from the Tesla. The motorist was able to view a male driving a Nissan Rogue pull along his right side, raise some type of projectile, then continue driving southbound Interstate 5. Officers from the South Sacramento CHP Area responded and upon further review of the video, a firearm was ruled out as the weapon involved. Further analysis of the video took place and a suspect was identified. On July 7, 2021, at approximately 7 am, Investigators from the Valley Division Investigative Services Unit (ISU) along with Officers from the South Sacramento Area, served a search warrant on a Nissan Rogue SUV parked near the address of 4916 Don Julio Boulevard in the North Sacramento Area. They encountered the suspect, 42-year-old Jose Eliseo Capacho Bonilla, sleeping within the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed two types of homemade contraptions used for shooting projectiles. Also discovered were numerous BBs and 10 to 11 golf ball/marble sized rocks which had been shaped down into round balls. Damage was located within the vehicle consistent with projectiles being shot out of the vehicle. Bonilla was arrested and charged with Felony Vandalism, Felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and Felony Throwing a Substance at a Vehicle/Occupant. Investigators believe Bonilla may have been responsible for similar incidents on local freeways and additional counts may be recommended.
If you are planning on commit felonies and acts of atrocity against a Tesla or in view of a Tesla, then beware as you may be caught on TeslaCam.