By Richard Yager….
A known violent criminal was taken into custody through alert work of two Miami-Dade Police Hammocks District officers who were honored as Officers of the Month in May by the district’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC).
Singled out for diligence and teamwork by Maj. Alexander D. Casas, district commander, were Officers Enrique Noriega and Giovanni Rodriquez, part of a backup force responding to an Apr. 26 stabbing at 12201 SW 189 St.
According to the citation, Rodriguez was able to administer first aid to the stabbing victim while Noriega relayed a description of the injuries to responding Fire-Rescue personnel.
Learning the identity of the suspect known as “Rafa” in the South Miami Heights area, the two officers provided details for a BOLO (be-on-lookout) radio alert, then located the subject by driving to a known address in the area of SW 200th Street and 117th Avenue.
The two officers were able to “take the subject into custody without further incident” and the stabbing victim survived the injuries, the police report stated.
“Such quick response in apprehending a dangerous subject with a known violent criminal history is worthy of recognition,” wrote Maj. Casas in his report read by CAC chair James Blough who presented the awards.