Fitness app leads to arrest in Loudoun County

Detectives use STRAVA app to identify suspect

Loudoun County, Va. - Loudoun County sheriffs' say a fitness tracking app helped identify a suspect wanted for a bicycle assault that happened on April 22nd.

Officials say Edward Shortnacy was riding a bike on the Washington and Old Dominion trail when he stuck his arm out and struck someone riding in the opposite direction sending the victim to the hospital with serious injuries. Sheriff's say they learned that Shortnancy was using the STRAVA app during the assault and used information from the app and witnesses to track him down. 

"We were able to go through the information on the app pretty quickly, once the location, time and witness statement came in. Then we used the app to narrow it down to who ws in that area at a particular time," said Sheriff Mike Chapman. 

Deputies say Shortnancy turned himself in Thursday morning and was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond. 

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