The North Miami Police Department’s “Officers of the Month” for July 2013 are Detectives Lashundra Jones and Brittany Horn, who are both assigned to the Investigative Section. Detective Jones is an 8 year veteran of the North Miami Police Department, and Detective Horn is a 4 year veteran. Sergeant Diana Roman nominated them for the following case:
During the month of June 2013, two Armed Robberies occurred on the east side of town where the victims, both females, were robbed at gunpoint and had their purses snatched. One of the victims was struck and knocked to the ground. Also, both victims were eventually victimized again when the subject(s) fraudulently used their stolen credit cards.
In light of the increasing concern for the residents of this area, Detectives Jones and Horn promptly conducted a canvass of the locations where their respective assigned robberies occurred. As a result, Detective Horn was able to obtain a tag for the subjects’ vehicle, along with a photo of the driver at the time.
Equipped with this information, Detectives Horn and Jones wasted no time in having a flyer produced for dissemination. In addition, Detective Horn made contact with other detectives at the Robbery Clearinghouse and advised them of the case. She also enlisted undercover North Miami Police Department officers to be on the lookout for this vehicle.
Due to Detective Horn’s diligence and determination to find this vehicle, she located a similar vehicle in the area of NE 18 Avenue and 151 Street and when she confirmed that it was the subject’s vehicle, she followed the same and was able to safely and tactically set up a felony stop with the assistance of adjacent jurisdictions. Detective Jones also assisted with the apprehension.
Once at the station, Detective Jones interviewed the subject in this case and was able to obtain a full confession where the subject implicated himself in both robberies. In addition, the subject revealed his plan to commit another robbery during the night on the day he was arrested. He also provided the name of the other subject involved, which provided further leads on these cases and another armed robbery which occurred in the area.
Both Detectives Jones and Horn demonstrated their commitment and continuous diligence in promptly searching for available information and acting on the same. In addition, their excellent interviewing skills resulted in two armed robbery cases resolved, possibly more, and the prevention of another armed robbery which was sure to occur with unknown results.
Detectives Jones and Horn were chosen as Officers of the Month for July 2013 and will be honored at the Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce luncheon, held monthly at the Miami Shores Country Club, on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 12:00 Noon.