The North Miami Police Department’s “Officer of the Month” for October 2013 is Detective Alanzo Rhymerwho is assigned to the Investigative Section. Detective Rhymer has been a member of the North Miami Police Department for 14 years. Detective Rhymer is recognized for his intuitiveness, initiative and quick thinking. He was nominated by Sergeant Angelo Brinson for the following case:
While on his way home, Detective Rhymer observed a white KIA Sorrento, occupied by 4-5 subjects, in our city. Based on years of experience, he became suspicious and performed a records check on the tag. As a result, he learned that the car had been stolen out of North Miami Beach the day before. He calmly followed the vehicle, without being noticed, until other police units could assist. Two North Miami Police units responded to assist him.
The driver of the stolen vehicle spotted Detective Rhymer and the others before they attempted a felony traffic stop. The driver sped away from Detective Rhymer and the other officers and then purposely slammed on his brakes in an attempt to initiate a collision with the officers. The driver then intentionally attempted to ram into one of the North Miami officer’s vehicles to avoid apprehension. Moments later, all five suspects fled on foot from the vehicle. Detective Rhymer then calmly and quickly set up a perimeter with the assistance of Miami-Dade Aviation and other units from North Miami.
As a result of Detective Rhymer’s quick response, all five subjects were caught, including the driver of the stolen vehicle. Due to Detective Rhymer’s observations and composed performance, the subjects were apprehended without any damage to property or risk to the public. The criminal charges ranged from Aggravated Assault o a L.E.O., Residential Burglary, Grand Theft-Auto and Resisting Arrest without Violence.
The combination of initiative and poise displayed by Detective Rhymer resulted in the apprehension of violent felons and the return of the vehicle to the victim without any further incident.
Detective Rhymer was chosen as Officer of the Month for October 2013 and will be honored at the Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce luncheon, held monthly at the Miami Shores Country Club, on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 12:00 Noon.