The North Miami Police Department’s “Officer of the Month” for February 2013 is Officer Steven Royster who is assigned to the Patrol Division, Midnight shift. He was nominated by Sergeant Ransom Carter for his quick thinking, professionalism and dedication to the North Miami Police Department. Officer Royster has been a Police Officer for three years. He was nominated for the following case:
On December 24, 2012, the victim was driving towards home when she noticed a vehicle with two subjects following her. In an attempt to conceal her home address from the subjects, she stopped at the Eglise Evangelique Baptist Church located at 921 NE 131 Street. The subjects stopped and approached her, produced a firearm and demanded property from the victim. The subjects fled from the scene in a white Dodge Challenger with the victim’s property, including an I-phone.
Officer Royster, realizing the subjects had stolen an I-phone, immediately took the initiative and logged onto I-cloud to track the phone. He was able to successfully locate the suspects and provide the exact location where the vehicle was parked, which was next to the Miami Gardens Police Department. One subject was taken into custody, the other was able to momentarily elude police.
A perimeter was established as officers prepared to search for the subject still at-large. Officer Royster continued to track the suspect via the I-phone application, consequently, the second suspect was quickly located and taken into custody. He had the victim’s property, including her I-phone.
The victim’s property was returned to her. The subjects were taken into custody, the stolen gun used to commit the robbery was recovered and their vehicle was impounded in order to start the seizure process by the City of North Miami.
The armed robbery subjects would more than likely have escaped had it not been for Officer Royster’s quick thinking and resourcefulness.
Officer Royster was chosen as Officer of the Month for February 2013 and will be honored at the Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce luncheon, held monthly at the Miami Shores Country Club, on Wednesday, March 29, 2013 at 12:00 Noon.