The North Miami Police Department’s “Officer of the Month” for April 2012 is Sergeant Angel Rivera who is currently assigned to the Uniform Patrol, Day shift. Commander Peter Cruz nominated him for his hard work, dedication and fine police work in the following case:
On April 7, 2012, Sergeant Rivera was commanding the patrol duties of the Day Shift when he was advised of a strong armed robbery on the east side. Sergeant Rivera responded to the area of the robbery while obtaining the BOLO information, via the municipal radio frequency, regarding the vehicle description and suspects involved.
After a search of the area, he observed the described vehicle heading westbound on NE 135 Street from NE 6 Avenue. Sergeant Rivera activated emergency equipment and attempted to stop the vehicle. The suspect then took evasive action and attempted to elude Sergeant Rivera. During this action, Sergeant Rivera observed the suspect throw a black purse out onto Memorial Highway towards the canal, in an attempt to discard evidence. The pursuit continued until the subject vehicle finally came to a complete stop at Opa Locka Boulevard and NW 4 Court. As Sergeant Rivera exited his vehicle, the suspect vehicle began to move forward. Sergeant Rivera immediately re-entered his vehicle and strategically placed it so that the suspect vehicle had to stop.
One of the two subjects in the vehicle exited and attempted to flee on foot. Sergeant Rivera exited his vehicle and, after a brief foot chase, apprehended the passenger. The driver was taken into custody by back-up units that arrived. Sergeant Rivera then went back to Memorial Highway and located the purse and contents.
The victim positively identified the subjects on the scene. The subjects were placed under arrest and charged with strong armed robbery, tampering with evidence, fleeing and eluding an officer.
Sergeant Rivera was chosen as Officer of the Month for April 2012 and will be honored at the Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce luncheon, held monthly at the Miami Shores Country Club on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at Noon.