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Distinguished Officer of the Month - April 2011

Distinguished Officer of the Month - April 2011
Officer Adejimi Obadeyi

The Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) is pleased to announce that Officer Adejimi Obadeyi has been awarded the departmental Exceptional Service Award and selected Distinguished Officer of the Month for April 2011.  As a member of the MDPD since December 2007, Officer Obadeyi is currently assigned to the Intracoastal District.

On November 7, 2010, at approximately 10:00 a.m., Officer Obadeyi was off-duty at his residence when he heard a woman yelling for help from the apartment below. She specifically exclaimed in a loud, panicked voice, "Help, stop hitting me, get off of me, somebody help!"  Fearing that someone was being harmed, Officer Obadeyi retrieved his departmental identification, weapon and handcuffs, and responded to the apartment.

Hearing additional screams from the woman, he made entry through the apartment's north sliding glass door, from the patio.  After entering, Officer Obadeyi observed a man on top of a woman, holding her down by her wrists on the living room floor.  Officer Obadeyi identified himself as a Miami-Dade Police Officer, and ordered the man to stop, get on the floor, and place his hands behind his back, where he then proceeded to handcuff and detain him.  Officer Obadeyi contacted the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) 9-1-1 Call Center and appropriately requested that on-duty officers respond in an emergency mode.  The subject was taken into custody without further incident, and a full investigation was initiated.

MDPD officers ascertained that the female victim had met with her boyfriend the night before and he held her against her will, in her car. The subject had struck her numerous times, and then drove her to her apartment, where he continued to hold her against her will throughout the night, repeatedly striking and choking her.  When she tried to escape through the sliding glass door sometime during the night, he grabbed and pulled her back into the apartment.  It was not until the morning that she was able to yell for help and; fortunately, Officer Obadeyi heard her and responded.

The circumstances surrounding this event lead to the belief that based on collective experiences, knowledge, and historical data about previous incidents of this type, had Officer Obadeyi not taken quick, decisive actions and intervened, the victim of a false imprisonment and battery could have possibly become the victim of a homicide.

Prepared by:
Sandra G. Kramer
Media Relations Bureau

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