The North Miami Police Department’s “Officers of the Month” for June 2013 are Detectives Alanzo Rhymer and Brittany Horn, who are both assigned to the Investigative Section. Detective Rhymer is a 14 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:
On May 24, 2013 at 10:00 p.m., an Armed Carjacking, Kidnapping, and Armed Robbery occurred in the area of West Dixie Highway and 135th Street. During the incident, the victim was stopped at a red light when he was approached by the subject who pointed a gun at him and demanded he open the door. The subject eventually forced the victim into the trunk of his vehicle where he remained trapped and terrified for several hours, during which time he was being threatened that he would be killed. The victim was later forced to withdraw money from various ATMs; however, he managed to escape when they stopped at a gas station.
Once assigned the case, and understanding the severity of this crime, Detective Rhymer began an extensive search through the countless locations where the victim was taken in search of a valuable subject photo. His effort proved successful and he was able to have a flyer produced for dissemination. Upon noticing the case flyer, Officer James Stuart recognized the subject as someone he had dealt with previously. Officer Stuart did not hesitate in providing Detective Rhymer with the subject’s information which resulted in a line-up and a positive identification.
Following the identification, Detective Rhymer apprehended the subject and was able to obtain a full confession with the assistance of Detective Brittany Horn. The subject not only implicated himself on all aspects of this crime, but he provided additional information and names that are currently being used to show line-ups on additional subjects in this case and other cases.
The diligence and sense of urgency on the part of Detective Rhymer, Detective Horn and Officer Stuart, resulted in the solid apprehension of a dangerous felon, and the identification of a second felony subject. These subjects will no longer be able to cause such terror to individuals in this community.
Detectives Rhymer and Horn were chosen as Officers of the Month for June 2013 and will be honored at the Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce luncheon, held monthly at the Miami Shores Country Club, on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 12:00 Noon.