OFFICER OF THE MONTH

The North Miami Police Department honors a deserving officer (or set of officers) each month to men and women who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Read the inspiring stories of heroism and service of past award winners.

October 2019

On August 4, 2019, units were dispatched in reference to a male driving a gray Chevy with the back door open, and a female attempting to jump from the vehicle. Sergeant Nelson Perez, demonstrating his alertness and vigilance, observed a vehicle matching the description of the possible kidnapping vehicle, with the left rear door open, approximately twelve blocks away from the area of dispatch. Sergeant Perez made a U-turn, and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, utilizing his emergency equipment. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop and continued through a red light. Sergeant Perez observed a female occupant in the rear seat of the vehicle desperately waving a white cloth out the door, in an attempt to signal for help.

Sergeant Perez continued to follow the vehicle with his emergency equipment activated. The driver continued at a high rate of speed, attempting to evade the police unit. In a calm and collected tone of voice, Sergeant Perez advised of his observations, and the path in which the pursuit was headed, as additional police units quickly joined to assist.

During the pursuit, the victim kept the rear door open, where she attempted to jump from the vehicle several times. While engaging in evasive maneuvers, the vehicle skidded to a stop, crashing into a tree. The suspect exited the vehicle, and attempted to flee the scene on foot. His attempts were futile, as he was quickly apprehended and safely taken into custody.

Further investigation revealed that the incident was indeed a kidnapping in progress. The victim stated that the suspect physically forced her into his vehicle against her will, closing the door on her leg in the process. The victim expressed that she was in absolute fear for her life, as she did not know the suspect’s intentions. She stated that she desperately tried to flag people down for help, in hopes that someone would call the police to save her.

Sergeant Perez’ experience, skills and training all came together in this dynamic situation. He displayed a great level of poise and persistence in leading the pursuit to protect the young woman. His valiant actions thwarted this would-be kidnapping, possibly saving the victim’s life.

September 2019

The Crime Scene Unit experienced a decrease in personnel due to attrition and was looking for volunteers from the Uniform Patrol Section to assist them in processing crime scenes. Without hesitation, Officer Elizabeth Gutierrez stepped up and volunteered to receive the training to independently process crime scenes. Shortly after receiving her training, the Keystone Point community began to experience numerous vehicle burglaries that were believed to be attributed to a subject known to wear bright red shoes. Despite conducting proactive surveillance and high visibility patrols, the subject continued to elude capture. On July 13, 2019, Officer Gutierrez responded to a call of a vehicle burglary and processed the vehicle for latent fingerprints. As a result, the latent prints that Officer Gutierrez collected and submitted to the Miami-Dade County Crime Laboratory resulted in the identification and apprehension of the burglary subject. The subject was later identified as the same subject that was wearing the bright red shoes. Due to Officer Gutierrez’s patience and attention to detail, the subject was charged with an array of charges, to include, vehicle burglary, theft, and credit card fraud. In addition, the latent prints processed by Officer Gutierrez assisted the Miami-Dade County Police Department in identifying the subject and charging him with 15 additional criminal charges that occurred in their jurisdiction.

On September 21, 2019, Officer Gutierrez responded to a scene of a violent armed robbery where three victims were terrorized and robbed at gunpoint. After a day of shopping, the three victims returned to their residence. As the driver was attempting to exit his vehicle, he immediately observed two subjects enter his yard, brandishing firearms, and wearing all black clothing. One of the subjects forcefully pushed the car door closed with an ungloved hand, preventing the driver from exiting the vehicle. The subjects robbed the victims of their personal property at gunpoint, utilizing the threat of violence while instilling fear. While on the scene conducting the preliminary investigation, it appeared that it would soon begin to rain. Fearing that evidence would have been destroyed, Officer Gutierrez quickly responded and processed the vehicle to preserve evidence. She was able to obtain a palm print from the driver side window. The print was immediately submitted to the Miami Beach Police Department’s Crime Laboratory. In addition, video footage of the subjects exiting the victims’ backyard was obtained. One of the subjects was wearing a black hoodie with a distinctive design.

The palm print taken by Officer Gutierrez matched a subject who committed another robbery, which enabled the Investigative Section to identify the subject. Subsequently, the subject was arrested at his Probation and Parole office, he was wearing the same distinctive jacket that he wore when he violently robbed the victims.

Officer Elizabeth Gutierrez’ quick response and willingness to assist our Crime Scene Unit, resulted in the apprehension of a violent armed robbery subject and a burglary subject in the Keystone Point community. The apprehension, and subsequent arrest, of these criminals allowed the victims the opportunity to feel safe and secure in their neighborhoods, while preventing these criminals from victimizing other North Miami residents.

August 2019

On June 4, 2019, Officers Michael Pupo and George Malval were dispatched to a call, in reference to a male and female, sitting inside a vehicle smoking an illegal substance. Upon arrival, the officers approached the vehicle, and made contact with the male and female occupants. The officers, being keen and alert, instantly smelled an odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the vehicle. The occupants admitted to smoking marijuana inside the vehicle and granted the officers consent to check the vehicle. Subsequent to a systematic search of the vehicle, Officers Pupo and Malval located 11.5 grams of suspect marijuana in the front seat area. While conducting the narcotics investigation, Officer Pupo had suspicion about the male, and thought that he recognized him from a North Miami Police “Be on the Look-Out” (B.O.L.O.) flyer. A records check confirmed Officer Pupo’s suspicion. The male was indeed wanted in connection to a sexual battery, where a 14 year old girl was raped. Officer Pupo notified the lead detective on the investigation, ultimately leading to the arrest of the suspect.

Officer Malval continued with the narcotics investigation, at which time, the narcotics in question tested positive for marijuana. Further investigation revealed that the female in the vehicle was a juvenile, and the male suspect was contributing to the delinquency of a minor, by encouraging her to smoke marijuana.

Working as a team, the officers utilized their experience to recognize the smell of illegal narcotics emanating from the vehicle and were able to confiscate illegal marijuana from the suspects. In addition, their diligence and attention to daily briefings, and review of B.O.L.O. flyers, assisted in the capture of a sexual battery subject who could have continued to prey on others.

July 2019

During the month of June, 2019, the City of North Miami, experienced an increase in criminal activity involving from Grand Theft-Auto to Robbery. Officer Kevin Crespo took the initiative to address the concern. Using his resources from the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department, Officer Crespo generated, organized, and maintained intelligence on juveniles from the North Miami Middle and Senior High Schools, that were committing violent crimes.

Between June and July of 2019, Officer Crespo worked tirelessly, utilizing internal resources such as detectives, hot sheets, and the Department’s crime analyst to gather intelligence. This effort required Officer Crespo to painstakingly sift through countless police reports. As a result, he comprised a list of known juveniles, who were specifically known to commit violent crimes. On July 5, 2019, Officer Crespo facilitated the dissemination of this list department-wide and to surrounding police departments. The list was instrumental in identifying three robbery subjects, who were being investigated by NMPD detectives. Other robbery suspects on the list created by Officer Crespo, were later identified, clearing numerous cases out of North Miami Beach Police and the Miami-Dade Police Departments.

On July 8, 2019, while Officer Crespo was patrolling his assigned area, he made contact with a citizen, who was homeless and living in his vehicle. Officer Crespo, being familiar with different resources available for the homeless, directed and assisted the citizen to Chapman Partnership, a homeless shelter. Officer Crespo ensured that the citizen was provided with temporary shelter and given assistance to obtain employment in an effort to recover from his current state. Officer Crespo’s actions made such a “Positive Impact”, that the citizen called him “a gift from God”, in an e-mail message that was addressed to the Chief of Police, Larry Juriga. The aforementioned initiatives taken by Officer Crespo truly exemplify the North Miami Police Departments motto, his dedication to the community, and his value to the City.

June 2019

The North Miami Police Department’s “Officers of the Month” for June 2019, are Detectives Saul Castro, Lashundra Jones and Benjamin Dolly.  They are being recognized for their hard work and dedication to the residents of North Miami. The culmination of crimes listed below illustrate solid investigative skills and good communication amongst Detectives Castro, Jones, and Dolly, which led to the arrest of a violent felonious subject.

On April 8, 2019, an elderly victim was about to enter her apartment when she was violently struck from behind by an unknown subject. The subject struck her several times on her back and pushed her to the ground. The subject, who was armed with a knife, towered over the defenseless victim and forcibly took her phone. Detective Benjamin Dolly took control of this investigation and began to pursue the subject responsible for this crime. On April 10, 2019, a victim was ambushed as she was walking into the lobby of her apartment complex. The subject, who was armed with a handgun, pointed the gun at the victim and demanded the victim’s property. Fearing for her life, the victim handed over her credit cards and cash. The subject fled through the apartment building. Detective Saul Castro responded to the scene to continue the investigation. On April 14, 2019, a subject gained entry into a residence through an unlocked front door. Once inside, the subject confronted an elderly female victim and demanded money. The victim replied that she did not have any money. The subject proceeded to ransack the house. Fearing the unknown, the victim began to scream for her son. The subject pulled a knife from his bag, pointed it at the victim and ordered her to be quiet. The subject took the victim’s cellphone and money from a dresser drawer and fled.

Later that night, Miami-Dade Police detained a subject attempting to use the victim’s credit card at Foot Locker. The victim was contacted and a show up was conducted. The victim positively identified the subject as the one who terrorized her in her home. Detective Jones responded and proceeded to interview the subject. The subject confessed to attempting to use the victim’s credit card that he said he obtained from a friend. The subject was charged with an occupied home invasion by Detective Lashundra Jones and transported to TGK.

While discussing the cases, Detectives Dolly and Castro immediately identified similarities in the description of the subject and in his modus operandi. They generated a photo stack of the subject arrested by Detective Jones, and presented them to the victims of their cases. The victims in each case independently identified the subject as the person who perpetrated their violent crimes. Detectives Dolly and Castro subsequently charged the subject with two additional armed robberies.

The detectives’ hard work and information sharing led to the arrest of the subject, who was a career criminal. Within a week period, the subject had embarked on a crime spree, targeting women and the elderly. These detectives abruptly put a stop to his crime spree. They proudly represent our Department and the Investigative Section. Their efforts, have made a “Positive Impact” on the community they serve and have put the victims’ minds at ease, now that the violent offender has been apprehended. I would like to commend Detectives Saul Castro, Lashundra Jones and Benjamin Dolly for reinforcing our core values of hard work and professionalism, and showing the strength of teamwork.

May 2019

The North Miami Police Department’s “Officers of the Month” for May 2019, is Officer Alens Bernadeau.

On May 13th, 2019, Officer Bernadeau was on routine patrol when he observed a vehicle driving backwards against traffic. Officer Bernadeau quickly recognized the grave danger this driver created and took immediate action to avoid a traffic crash. Officer Bernadeau attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle that was being driven in a reckless manner. When the driver observed Officer Bernadeau, he immediately stopped the vehicle in traffic, and drove in the opposite direction. Officer Bernadeau followed the vehicle, and calmly advised over the police radio of what had just occurred. The vehicle traveled a few blocks into an alleyway, where the vehicle came to brief stop and three occupants bailed out.

Officer Bernadeau advised of the suspect’s description, and their direction of travel over the police radio. Backup officers saturated the area to assist in locating the suspects. The driver and one of the passengers were quickly located due to Officer Bernadeau’s quick and accurate dissemination of information and identification.

Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was reported stolen out of Miami-Dade County, two days prior. A records check of the driver revealed that he was wanted for questioning in connection to an aggravated battery investigation with the Miami-Dade Police Department. A records check of the passenger revealed that he was wanted for sexual battery on a minor.

Officer Bernadeau should be commended for his quick thinking, and his ability to respond in such a poised manner to a dynamic situation. Officer Bernadeau’s actions prevented a potential crash, led to the apprehension of two wanted suspects, and the recovery of a stolen vehicle.

April 2019

The North Miami Police Department’s “Officers of the Month” for April 2019, are Officers Michel Auguste, George Malval, and Kamesha Moffatt. Officer Auguste is a 1-year veteran, Officer Malval is a 5-year veteran, and Officer Moffatt is a 2-year veteran officer of the North Miami Police Department, assigned to the Uniform Patrol Section on the Afternoon Shift. They are being recognized for their hard work and dedication to the residents of North Miami. Officers Auguste, Malval, and Moffatt were nominated by Commander Ernesto Reyes for the following case:

On March 28, 2019, Officers Auguste, Malval and Moffatt were dispatched to a call, received via third party, of a female that was intoxicated, out of control and was making threats to harm herself. Officer Auguste made first contact with the individual female who was nude and refused to clothe herself after several requests. Officer Auguste made an immediate attempt to gain rapport with the female, who was highly agitated, intoxicated, and appeared to be in some type of mental crisis. During this exchange, the female became physically aggressive with Officer Auguste and pushed him several times in the chest. Officer Auguste continued to stay even tempered and attempted to use de-escalation techniques, rather than physical force, to diffuse the volatile situation.

Officers Malval and Moffatt arrived a short time later and joined Officer Auguste. Without warning, the female ran out of her home immediately followed by the Officers. The officers quickly detained and handcuffed the female. Even though the female continued to be verbally and physically combative, the Officers quickly covered the female with a bedsheet, to preserve her dignity, as neighbors began to exit their homes. The female remained belligerent and physically resisted every effort to place her into a police vehicle. Officers Auguste, Malval and Moffatt clearly understood that the female’s physical aggression against them, was a direct result of her mental crisis and they displayed a high level of patience throughout the ordeal. The female was later taken to North Shore Hospital for an involuntary psychiatric evaluation.

Officers Auguste, Malval, and Moffatt handled this incident professionally, by utilizing their expertise and showing compassion to a citizen, who not only needed assistance, but who was unable to determine the need for herself. I am proud to recognize the outstanding work of Officers Auguste, Malval, and Moffatt for demonstrating the highest level of empathy, respect and professionalism during a highly stressful and demanding incident.

March 2019

The North Miami Police Department’s “Officers of the Month” for March 2019, are Officers Paul Laguerre, Erica Carter, and Brandon Orozco. Officer Laguerre is a 14-year veteran, Officer Carter is a 12-year veteran, and Officer Orozco is a 9 month probationary officer of the North Miami Police Department. They are assigned to the Uniform Patrol Section on the Afternoon Shift and are being recognized for their hard work and dedication to the residents of North Miami. Officers Laguerre, Carter, and Orozco were nominated by Sergeant Ernesto Reyes for the following case:

On 03/20/2019, officers responded to a call regarding threats with a knife. Upon arrival, the complainant advised that his wife was not taking her psychiatric medications and that she had a violent episode toward him. He stated that his wife armed herself with a knife and a pair of scissors, and attempted to stab him. He further stated that during the course of the attack he was able to wrestle both weapons from his wife’s hands, and call the police for help.

At that point, officers made contact with the complainant’s wife inside of a bedroom in the residence. She was sitting on the bed and appeared to be in an altered mental state. The subject disregarded several loud verbal requests to exit the bedroom and appeared to become increasingly agitated. She then armed herself with a large butcher knife and began to aggressively yell at the officers.

The officers immediately recognized that they were within the subject’s reactionary gap and quickly moved to a safe distance to avoid being seriously injured. Without hesitation, Officers Carter, Laguerre, and Orozco, reverted to their training and utilized verbal and nonverbal techniques in an attempt to defuse this violent encounter. The subject continued to disregard several loud verbal commands to drop the knife and became more aggressive. She then approached officers at the threshold of the doorway in a threatening manner. The officers deployed their less lethal Tasers in accordance to policy. The subject was subsequently subdued and taken into protective custody without further incident.

In the midst of controversy surrounding police deadly force encounters throughout the country, these officers are to be recognized and commended for their act of bravery and restraint. They maintained their composure and reverted to their training by applying essential techniques in an attempt to deescalate this dangerous confrontation. Their swift, but deliberate actions were instrumental in preventing a potentially deadly force encounter.

February 2019

The North Miami Police Department’s “Officers of the Month” for February 2019, are Sergeant Crystal Thompson, Officers, Officers Nickerline Montina, Kimberly Bonny, and Michael Pupo. Sergeant Thompson is a 12-year veteran, Officer Montina is a 2-year veteran, and Officers Bonny and Pupo are 6 month probationary officers of the North Miami Police Department, assigned to the Uniform Patrol Section on the Afternoon Shift. They are being recognized for their hard work and dedication to the residents of North Miami.

On February 2nd, 2019, Officer Bonny, backed-up by Officer Montina and Sergeant Thompson, responded to threats made to shoot up a party, via social media. Upon arrival, contact was made with security, who was directed by police to enter the establishment and locate a complainant. While on the scene, Miami-Dade Police Communications provided additional information from an unknown female caller, who claimed that the shooter was inside the facility and described him as a black male, with dreads, wearing a red shirt, and black pants. Reasonably suspecting that an active attack may be afoot, Sergeant Thompson, without hesitation, formulated a team consisting of Officers Bonny and Montina and entered the establishment. The officers conducted a search of the interior, with negative results in locating the complainant and/or suspect involved. Sergeant Thompson further instructed security to deny any further entry or exit into the building during the search. Several additional back-up units arrived and assisted with securing the location.

In addition to limited lighting and the over capacity of people, the officers encountered extreme difficulty in positively identifying the suspect due to numerous patrons wearing similar attires of red shirts and hoodies. Shortly thereafter, security escorted several subjects out of the building, who deliberately attempted to incite a fight. The subjects, who were all dressed in common attire of red hoodies, remained outside of the building and caused a disturbance by demanding that they obtain a refund. Officers Montina and Pupo made contact with the subjects and ordered them to leave at the request of management. The subjects complied and entered into a Gray BMW four (4) door that was parked in the lot.

While standing within close proximity of the BMW, Officer Montina observed the front passenger occupant making furtive movements, possibly dropping an unknown item onto the floorboard. Officer Montina relayed such observation to Officer Pupo, who walked over to the front passenger side of the vehicle where he observed an empty holster on the front driver side floorboard. Officer Montina then observed an un-holstered firearm on the lap of the driver occupant. Officer Montina immediately sprang into action by drawing her firearm, holding the driver at gunpoint and simultaneously reaching into the vehicle, removing the firearm from his lap. Sergeant Thompson, and back-up by several additional units, coordinated a systematic removal of all occupants from the vehicle, at gunpoint.

A total of five (5) firearms, two of which were stolen, and another with the serial numbers scratched off, were removed from the vehicle. In addition, a misdemeanor amount of marijuana was seized from the vehicle. As a result, several potentially violent subjects were arrested for firearms and drug related charges.

Under the leadership of Sergeant Thompson, Officers Bonny, Montina and Pupo, displayed acts of relentless heroism, courage and unselfishness by putting their lives at risk to protect the public. These brave officers undoubtedly prevented a potential mass shooting or active attack incident. This valiant display of great police work encompasses the Agency’s oath to “Establish high standards for supervision” and “Making a Positive Impact” through Respect, Integrity, Courage, Empathy, Unity and Professionalism.

January 2019

On January 10, 2019, Detective Rocio Torres received a report from the mother of an 8-year old girl who became alarmed after her sister’s roommate made an unwelcomed comment about her daughter. Later that night, the mother questioned her daughter and asked if anyone had ever touched her in a way that made her feel uncomfortable. The daughter replied that the sister’s roommate (the subject) had placed his hands on her body in ways that she did not think he should have touched her. The 8-year old went on to say that this improper touching had been going on for a long time.

Detective Gedeus Frederick received a second report involving the same subject, this time of a 6-year old girl that had been touched inappropriately. This child is the sister of the previously reported 8-year old victim. She told the investigator and her mother that the subject had begun to treat her the same way as he was treating her older sister. As a result of both disturbing accusations, forensic interviews were immediately scheduled for the victims with the Child Advocacy Center (CAC). During the interviews administered by CAC investigators, probable cause was established to bring the subject in for questioning based on the statements made by the young victims.

The subject was questioned at the North Miami Police Department by Detective Frederick and Detective R. Torres. The detectives acted as a team and executed their game plan, which was to seek and obtain the truth about these heinous allegations. Using their experience and advanced investigative techniques, they each diligently worked several angles during the interview, developing questions to make the subject feel comfortable in telling them the truth about the horrendous incidents. They first began by drawing simple admissions from the subject as to his presence with the children, while accompanied by another adult, then they gradually explored his time alone with the young victims. After strategically acquiring a body of statements from the subject, the detectives administered a truth verification test. While taking the test, the subject attempted to continue to deceive the detectives. However, these skilled detectives, realizing the subject’s attempts to deceive and evade, worked steadily to rebuild a rapport with the subject, and methodically debunked his false assertions while assertively seeking a confession. Eventually, after hours of diligent work by Detectives Frederick and Torres, the subject succumbed to the pressure of the detectives’ tenacity and steadfastness, and came forth with the truth. The subject provided a full confession, in which he admitted to inappropriately touching and molesting both female juveniles. Detective Gedeus Frederick and Detective Rocio Torres arrested the subject, and gave the two traumatized juvenile victims and their mother a sense of justice.

Through their tenacious efforts, these detectives protected these young victims from further harm and prevented this subject from victimizing anyone else. The vulnerability of these young victims made them an easy target for this predator. The actions of both detectives are to be commended.  Standing up for justice and protecting our citizens, especially our children, is their sworn duty. They were truly guardians in this case.

2018 Officer of the Year

On July 16th, 2018, officers were dispatched to an armed robbery at the Kwik Stop. Officers quickly arrived at the Kwik Stop and were advised that the suspect entered the store, placed the clerk at gun point, and took money from the cash register. The victim stated that the suspect fled on foot moments prior to police arrival. A “Be on the Lookout” (B.O.L.O.) for the suspect was immediately issued over the police radio.

Officer Jodlyn Antoine began to methodically search the immediate area of where the robbery occurred, and located a suspect that matched the description from the B.O.L.O., in an alleyway. Officer Antoine calmly advised on the police radio that he had a possible suspect in sight. Officer Antoine’s approach the suspect, and gave a loud verbal command to stop, and the suspect proceeded to flee from him on foot. Officer Antoine requested immediate back-up from additional units, who quickly saturated the area, and confined the suspect in the aforementioned alleyway. Officer Antoine coordinated with the other officers on the scene, and safely took the suspect into custody without further incident. The suspect’s firearm, and the mask that was used in the robbery, were found in a nearby trash can. The suspect was in possession of a book bag, which contained the money that was taken during the robbery. A show-up was subsequently conducted, and the suspect was positively identified by the victim.

On November 21, 2018, a suspect entered the 7-Eleven, greeted the store clerk and proceeded to the soda station. In an effort to lull the clerk into a false sense of security, the suspect, nonchalantly made himself a beverage. Without warning, the suspect swiftly proceeded behind the counter armed with a machete, ambushing the clerk. He cornered the victim and demanded the money. Shocked and in fear for her life, the victim complied and gave the suspect $150.00 from the cash register, her purse, and cell phone. The suspect exited the store and fled the area in a vehicle.

Three days after the incident, Officer Antoine had just finished working a holiday detail and was in route home. Although off-duty at the time, Officer Antoine remained alert and vigilante, and observed a vehicle fitting the description of the vehicle used in the 7-Eleven robbery days prior. Officer Antoine advised via police radio that he was behind a vehicle matching the description of one involved in an armed robbery. Officer Antoine awaited for back-up officers to arrive and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.

Once the vehicle was stopped, Officer Antoine made contact with the female driver. Having knowledge the wanted suspect was a male, Officer Antoine used his experience, investigative techniques and interviewing skills to obtain information that may be helpful to the investigation. His attempts paid off as he learned there were three males that drove the vehicle on occasion. He documented the names and descriptions of the males and forwarded the information to the investigator. Officer Antoine further discovered the vehicle was registered to a residence in close proximity to both robbery locations.

The criminal investigation was kicked into high gear with the information obtained by Officer Antoine. The detectives matched the suspect from the video surveillance with one of the names provided to them by Officer Antoine. The suspect was positively identified by the victim as having committed the armed robbery. He was subsequently located, apprehended, and charged with multiple counts of Armed Robbery with a Deadly Weapon.

After thirteen years of service to the City of North Miami, Officer Antoine remains motivated, diligent, attentive to details, and eager to serve and protect its residents. He continues to provide quality police work. Officer Antoine’s commitment to the community, and the Department’s motto of “Making a Positive Impact”, brings a sense of peace to the community, and ultimately assists in keeping the community safe.

December 2018

On November 21, 2018, a suspect entered the 7-Eleven, greeted the store clerk and proceeded to the soda station. In an effort to lull the clerk into a false sense of security, the suspect, nonchalantly made himself a beverage. Without warning, the suspect swiftly proceeded behind the counter armed with a machete, ambushing the clerk. He cornered the victim and demanded the money. Shocked and in fear for her life, the victim complied and gave the suspect $150.00 from the cash register, her purse, and cell phone. The suspect exited the store and fled the area in a vehicle.

The following day, during his tour of duty, Officer Jodlyn Antoine responded to the 7-Eleven to check on the employees and to assure them that officers were aware of the incident and were actively searching for the violent suspect. Officer Antoine took this opportunity to view the video surveillance of the incident. ​In doing so, he ascertained the same individual had committed a previous theft at the same 7-Eleven. Officer Antoine recalled another armed robbery that occurred at a nearby gas station; that suspect matched the description of the 7-Eleven robber.

Three days after the incident, Officer Antoine had just finished working a holiday detail and was in route home. Although off-duty at the time, Officer Antoine remained alert and vigilante, and observed a vehicle fitting the description of the vehicle used in the 7-Eleven robbery days prior. Officer Antoine advised via police radio that he was behind a vehicle matching the description of one involved in an armed robbery. Officer Antoine awaited for back-up officers to arrive and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.

Once the vehicle was stopped, Officer Antoine made contact with the female driver. Having knowledge the wanted suspect was a male, Officer Antoine used his experience, investigative techniques and interviewing skills to obtain information that may be helpful to the investigation. His attempts paid off as he learned there were three males that drove the vehicle on occasion. He documented the names and descriptions of the males and forwarded the information to the investigator. Officer Antoine further discovered the vehicle was registered to a residence in close proximity to both robbery locations.

The criminal investigation was kicked into high gear with the information obtained by Officer Antoine. The detectives matched the suspect from the video surveillance with one of the names provided to them by Officer Antoine. The suspect was positively identified by the victim as having committed the armed robbery. He was subsequently located, apprehended, and charged with multiple counts of Armed Robbery with a Deadly Weapon.

After thirteen years of service to the City of North Miami, Officer Antoine remains motivated, diligent, attentive to details, and eager to serve and protect its residents. He continues to provide quality police work. Had it not been for Officer Antoine’s initiative to go above and beyond a violent felon could still be at large, terrorizing our community. Officer Antoine’s exceptional work generated vital information which lead to the closure of this case.

November 2018

On October 30, 2018, Officers Stacina Jones, Pinkey Joachim, and Niel Johnson, responded to an emergency call, reference a male armed with a flare gun acting in an aggressive manner. In addition, the caller advised that the son of the male was armed with his personal firearm. The units arrived and observed a male standing in the front doorway holding an orange flare gun in his right hand.  The officers made several attempts to convince the male to come outside of the residence and to put the flare gun down. The male refused to comply and retreated into the residence.

Working in unison, the officers simultaneously sprang into action. Officers Jones and Johnson immediately began utilizing de-escalation techniques to calm the male, while placing themselves in a strategic position. At the same time, Officer Joachim addressed the son, immediately conducting a pat down to determine if he was armed. The son was deemed safe, as he had secured his firearm prior to police arrival. The male became very agitated and attempted to enter his bedroom and close his bedroom door. Officer Jones sprang into action and pushed open the bedroom door grabbing the male by his coat, and removing him from the bedroom. Officer Johnson simultaneously removed the flare gun from his hand and the male was placed on the sofa in the living room.  During a pat down, a second flare gun was found in the male’s front left pocket. The officers were able to safely secure the male and the two loaded flare guns, while Officer Joachim kept the son calm.

Further investigation revealed the male had a history of mental illness and was not taking his medication. The son advised he arrived home from work and found his father, inside of the residence, walking around with the flare gun in his hands. The son explained his father seemed agitated, and was acting in a very aggressive manner toward him. During a previous encounter, his father had shot a flare gun at police officers. Fearing for his safety, the son had armed himself with his personal firearm. The male was transported to the hospital for evaluation and the two flare guns were impounded.

As a result of Officers Jones, Joachim and Johnson’s swift response and cohesive tactical approach, the male was safely taken into custody, disarmed, and transported to a mental health facility to receive the vital medical treatment he needed.

These officers should be commended for their ability to quickly assess the situation at hand while instilling the Department’s values. They safely defused a potentially dangerous situation, with a mentally ill person, without the use of deadly force. They demonstrated professionalism and empathy while safely resolving the situation.

September 2018

On August 29, 2018, a suspect, armed with a kitchen knife, entered the victim’s apartment. As the suspect attempted to make his way through the dark bedroom, he bumped into a table, knocking a vase onto the bedroom floor. The victim was awakened by the loud noise and turned on the bedroom lights. With the lights turned on, the suspect attempted to conceal himself near the footboard of the bed.

In fear for her life, the victim quickly armed herself with a baseball bat near the bed, and yelled at the suspect to get out of her apartment. The suspect fled the victim’s apartment using the front door. The victim dialed 911, and provided a very detailed physical and clothing description of the suspect. Officer Omar Rolle immediately responded to the area to assist the victim and attempted to locate the dangerous armed suspect. Officer Rolle was searching the nearby residential area, when he noticed a suspect matching the description provided. He immediately stopped and detained the suspect.

Officer Rolle requested back-up units to respond to his location. The suspect was searched for weapons; during the search, officers found a large kitchen knife concealed in the suspect’s pants. A records check of the suspect revealed he was on probation and had been arrested over 20 times for violent crimes such as armed robbery, armed burglary, and resisting arrest. The suspect was positively identified by the victim during a line-up, and was arrested by Officer Rolle on the scene. The suspect was charged with armed occupied burglary.

Officer Rolle’s training, alertness, intuition and dedication to duty resulted in the arrest of this armed and dangerous suspect, and the recovery of a weapon. Most importantly, Officer Rolle likely prevented this suspect from victimizing someone else.

August 2018

On July 20, 2018, Detective Nelson Perez met with a frightened victim of an armed robbery involving a sales application called “Let Go”. The victim advised that he met with the intended buyer/suspect to sell his cellphone and the buyer/subject showed the victim a gun that was concealed in his waistband. The suspect asked the victim for his security code. The victim, who was in fear for his life, complied. After robbing the victim, the suspect jumped into the front passenger seat of a white sedan, which was being driven by another subject, and drove away with the victim’s cellphone.

Detective Perez was able to obtain pictures of a potential suspect through his investigation, and subsequently obtained the suspect’s identities. Detective Perez conducted a line-up with a photo of the newly identified subject. As a result of the line-up, the victim positively identified him as the robber.

On August 5th, 2018, with the help of the North Miami Crime Suppression Unit, Detective Perez located the stolen cellphone. After an interview with the individual that was in possession of the cellphone, Detective Perez was able to identify and locate the two subjects responsible for the robbery. After conducting surveillance, the Crime Suppression Unit and Detective Perez located and arrested the gunman and the driver of the getaway vehicle.

Detective Perez’s persistent pursuit of these dangerous felons led to the identification and the apprehension of two criminals that had raised the level of fear and concern felt by the citizens of North Miami. Detective Perez’s new age detective work brought a successful end to another case in the Investigative Section. Detective Perez’s methodical and consistent hard work during this case is to be commended. I applaud Detective Perez’s efforts to make the City of North Miami a safer place for its citizens to live and work.

July 2018

On July 16th, 2018, officers were dispatched to an armed robbery at the Kwik Stop. Officers quickly arrived at the Kwik Stop and were advised that the suspect entered the store, placed the clerk at gun point, and took money from the cash register. The victim stated that the suspect fled on foot moments prior to police arrival. A “Be On The Lookout” (B.O.L.O.) for the suspect was immediately issued over the police radio.

Officer Jodlyn Antoine began to methodically search the immediate area of where the robbery occurred, and located a suspect that matched the description from the B.O.L.O., in an alleyway. Officer Antoine calmly advised on the police radio that he had a possible suspect in sight. Officer Antoine’s approach the suspect, and gave a loud verbal command to stop, and the suspect proceeded to flee from him on foot. Officer Antoine requested immediate back-up from additional units, who quickly saturated the area, and confined the suspect in the aforementioned alleyway. Officer Antoine coordinated with the other officers on the scene, and safely took the suspect into custody without further incident.

During a search of the suspect’s person, it was discovered that the firearm used during the commission of the armed robbery was not in his possession. Officer Antoine again coordinated with other officers on the scene, and began to conduct an area canvas in an attempt to locate the firearm. The suspect’s firearm, and the mask that was used in the robbery, were found in a nearby trash can.

The suspect was in possession of a book bag, which contained the money that was taken during the robbery. A show-up was subsequently conducted, and the suspect was positively identified by the victim.

Officer Antoine demonstrated great commitment to service in this case, He was extremely instrumental in locating and safely apprehending this armed robbery suspect. Officer Antoine’s commitment to the community, and the Department’s motto of “Making a Positive Impact”, brings a sense of peace to the community, and ultimately assists in keeping the community safe.

June 2018

On April 21st, 2018, Officer Kamesha Moffatt observed a suspicious vehicle. A records check of the tag revealed that the vehicle was stolen. Officer Moffatt followed the vehicle, at a safe distance, and requested back-up to conduct a felony stop. With the assistance of back-up units and the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Aviation Unit, a felony car stop was conducted, and the subject was taken into custody without incident. A records check of the subject revealed an extensive violent criminal past. The subject was arrested and charged with Grand Theft Auto and Driving with a Permanently Revoked Driver’s License. The stolen vehicle was later returned to the owner.

On April 22nd, 2018, two subjects approached a victim in the stairwell of an apartment building. Both subjects, one of which was armed with a baseball bat, threatened to beat the victim and demanded the victim’s property. As the first subject held the baseball bat in an aggressive manner, the second subject reached into the victim’s pockets and stole his cell phone, then fled on foot. The victim, in fear for his life, immediately dialed 911.

Officer Moffatt immediately responded to the scene and quickly obtained a description of the subjects. Collaborating with other officers, she conducted an area canvass of the apartment building. Two (2) people matching the description of the subjects were located within the apartment building, and detained. One of the subjects, who was a convicted felon, was armed with a large tactical knife, and both subjects had a violent criminal history. Each subject was positively identified by the victim, arrested, and charged with Armed Robbery and Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon.

On April 23rd, 2018, Officer Moffatt was dispatched regarding a parked vehicle blocking traffic. When she arrived, Officer Moffatt noticed that the vehicle’s engine was running and the lights were on. As Officer Moffatt approached the vehicle, she could clearly see that the driver was asleep. Officer Moffatt safely made contact with the subject in the vehicle to ensure she did not startle him. During the investigation, the subject gave consent to a search of his vehicle. During the search, Officer Moffatt located over 70 grams of Marijuana and 33 Xanax pills that were not prescribed to the driver. The subject was arrested and charged with Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Marijuana.

On April 6th, 2018, Officer Moffatt responded to a 911 call regarding a violent dispute. As she and other officers arrived, they encountered a female subject who had been involved in the dispute, walking in the middle of the roadway. When the officers approached her, the subject became belligerent, aggressive, and hostile. She was quickly detained for further investigation.

Once the investigation concluded, Officer Moffatt arrested the subject for Disorderly Conduct and Possession of Marijuana. As Officer Moffatt transported the subject to the police station, the subject stated, “I’m going to kill myself.” Due to the subject’s small stature and extreme flexibility, the subject discreetly wrapped the upper shoulder portion of the seatbelt around her neck, in an apparent attempt to kill herself by self-strangulation. Officer Moffatt, quickly stopped the vehicle, opened the rear door, and with the assistance of back-up officers, began to remove the seatbelt from around the subject’s neck. Within a few seconds, the subject’s breathing returned to normal and she had no signs of injury. Using communication and crisis intervention techniques, Officer Moffatt made the subject comfortable enough to voice her reasons for wanting to kill herself. Officer Moffatt recognized that the solution to this call was not handcuffs, but compassion. In lieu of an arrest, Officer Moffatt transported the subject to a mental health crisis facility so that she could receive the help she needed.

Officer Moffatt’s training, alertness, empathy, and dedication to duty resulted in the arrest of three violent subjects within a three (3) day span. These arrests led to the recovery of a weapon, narcotics, and a stolen vehicle. Most importantly, Officer Moffatt prevented a suicidal subject, who was in crisis, from causing serious injury to herself. Officer Moffatt is a true representation of the North Miami Police Department. She conducts business in a professional, respectful, and empathetic manner.

May 2018

On March 28, 2018, Officer Paul Laguerre was dispatched to respond to the station in reference to a prisoner transport. At the same time, a sick or injured person call, involving a 42-year-old unconscious female, was received within his assigned area. Officer Laguerre instinctively took delay on the police radio and responded to the call in an emergency mode.

Upon Officer Laguerre’s arrival, he observed an unresponsive unconscious female on the ground and immediately sprang into action and began to assess the A.B.Cs (airway, breathing, and circulation). After determining that the victim lacked a pulse, Officer Laguerre subsequently assumed resuscitative efforts, conducting a series of chest compressions. Officer Laguerre continued to perform chest compressions until Miami-Dade Rescue arrived and took over.

Miami-Dade Rescue advised that the victim’s pulse was restored and sustained, due to Officer Laguerre’s valiant resuscitative efforts. The unconscious female was transported in critical but stable condition, to the North Shore Hospital for further treatment. The women passed away later that day due to a severe brain aneurysm. The preservation of life by Officer Laguerre, allowed members of her immediate family to visit and pay their final respects, prior to her untimely death.

April 2018

On March 4, 2018 Officer Jean Pierre Calderon was working an off-duty detail at Publix Supermarket when he was approached by a customer advising that a female was screaming and crying in distress. Officer Calderon immediately drove through the parking lot in an attempt to locate the female. His investigation led him to a crowd gathered around a four (4) door vehicle in the parking garage, with an injured male in the back seat. Officer Calderon noticed that male was losing consciousness and bleeding profusely from severe lacerations to his wrist and arms.

Officer Calderon immediately took action and contacted Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and requested additional back-up officers to assist with crowd control. Without hesitation, Officer Calderon retrieved his S.W.A.T. issued tourniquet and began to apply lifesaving treatment to male. As a result, Officer Calderon managed to suppress the bleeding, stabilizing him prior to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s arrival. The victim was subsequently transported to the hospital by MDFR and survived his injuries.

Further investigation revealed that the victim exited the shower and attempted to retrieve a bottle of lotion that fell behind the dresser. As he braced his hand on the mirror, his hand slipped and the mirror fell. While trying to catch the mirror, it hit the dresser and shattered, causing a large piece of mirror to cut both of his hands and slice through his right wrist. Due to Officer Jean Pierre Calderon’s quick thinking, fast response, and the proper application of the tourniquet a man’s life was saved.

March 2018

On March 8, 2018, while working at TNT Marina, Officer Dagoberto Andollo observed a crowd of marina employees gathered at a lunch truck that makes daily deliveries. While Officer Andollo was walking toward the marina office to complete paperwork, he observed a man gasping for air. Several people from the crowd were striking the man on his back attempting to dislodge something that was stuck in his throat. These attempts were unsuccessful and the man fell to the ground. Officer Andollo raced to the fallen man and heard faint breathing sounds coming from his mouth, then suddenly, his breathing stopped. Knowing that this man’s life was in danger, Officer Andollo sprang into action.

Officer Andollo ordered the crowd to stand aside while he lifted the man off the ground. Officer Andollo resorted to his training and positioned himself behind the man and began the Heimlich maneuver. While holding the man’s entire body weight, Officer Andollo performed numerous abdominal thrusts until a large piece of food exited the man’s mouth. Suddenly there was a large gasp of air from the man. Officer Andollo successfully cleared his airway and the man began breathing normally, on his own.
After Officer Andollo regained his composure from the strenuous lifting of the man, there was an emotional exchange between Officer Andollo and the man, identified as James Rosado. Mr. Rosado tearfully thanked Officer Andollo for saving his life. Officer Andollo’s training, quick thinking, and hard work resulted in Mr. Rosado being able to go home to his family.

February 2018

On January 19, 2018, Sergeant James Mesidor observed a Ford Mustang driving slowly while he was in route to roll call. Being aware of the recent robberies in the area, Sergeant Mesidor followed the vehicle and conducted a records check of the tag. His suspicions were rewarded when the check revealed that the tag had been stolen. In an unmarked vehicle, Sergeant Mesidor requested assistance by a marked police vehicle to conduct a traffic stop, as he continued to follow the vehicle. The vehicle traveled northbound into Broward County, and a Miramar Police Officer arrived to assist Sergeant Mesidor. The Miramar Officer turned on his emergency lights, and then the driver abruptly turned into a parking lot, in an attempt to flee, and lost control of the vehicle and crashed.

Sergeant Mesidor, relying on his years of experience, anticipated the subject’s actions and tactically positioned his vehicle and himself in the safest position to block any overt movement by the subjects. As the driver attempted to flee on foot, a gun fell from his waistband. Sergeant Mesidor sprinted after the subject in a foot pursuit and successfully captured the subject, taking him into custody. The firearm recovered had been reported stolen out of Miami-Dade County. Sergeant Mesidor’s vigilance, alertness, and his keen sense of observation thwarted the two felons from committing another crime