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Distinguished Officer of the Month - February 2011

Distinguished Officer of the Month - February 2011
Officer Marco Alfaro

The Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) is pleased to announce that Officer Marco Alfaro has been awarded the departmental Bronze Medal of Valor and selected Distinguished Officer of the Month for February 2011.  Officer Alfaro has been a member of this Department since April 2001, and is currently assigned to the Midwest District.

On November 11, 2010, at approximately 11:04 p.m., Officer Alfaro was dispatched to the Wendy's restaurant, located at 7555 NW 12 Street, reference an armed robbery-in-progress.  Upon arrival, Officer Alfaro was confronted by four armed men who were exiting the restaurant after committing an armed robbery and stealing approximately $1,200. 

Officer Alfaro identified himself as a police officer and ordered the subjects to stop.  Immediately, one of the subjects turned, pointed a gun at Officer Alfaro, and fired.  Officer Alfaro used excellent officer safety skills in seeking cover and quickly requested back-up.  As the four armed subjects fled the area on foot, Officer Alfaro ran after them. He was able to give accurate BOLO information and establish a perimeter. 

Shortly after, City of Doral Police Department Officer Yohan Martinez observed two males, one of whom fit the description of one of the suspects.  Officer Martinez immediately took him into custody, while the other subject fled into a warehouse area. 

Meanwhile, MDPD Officers Michael Triglia and David Phillips had responded to the area and were searching the surrounding warehouses.  Officer Phillips found clothing fitting the description given for another subject and then located the subject, hiding in a stairwell.  With the assistance of Officers Triglia and Larry Laverde, Officer Phillips took him into custody. 

Robbery Bureau Detective Orlando Lopez observed another male fitting the description of one of the subjects.  He was trying to flag down vehicles on a nearby highway, and Detective Lopez was able to detain him at gunpoint until the arrival of Officer Jorge Garrido.  Prior to being taken into custody by Officer Garrido, the subject had thrown a stack of money to the ground.  The money was later recovered.

Additional units responded to the scene and a canine search was conducted for the last subject.  Officer Marloys Morales observed the last subject fleeing into a wooded area.  Canine Officer Daniel Escarra responded and continued the search.  The subject was located and taken into custody without incident by Officers Escarra and Morales.  Officer Alfaro positively identified this subject as the individual who fired a shot at him.  Additionally, Officer Alfaro was able identify the other three subjects in custody.    

Sergeant Josephine Lorente assisted with obtaining information from the victims of the robbery and was quickly able to ascertain that a female victim, who is a manager at the Wendy's restaurant, was somehow involved in the robbery.  Sergeant Lorente relayed this information to the Robbery Bureau detectives and it was learned that this victim was the sister of one of the subjects.

During their attempt to elude capture, the subjects had removed their shirts and dumped their handguns. One gun was recovered the following day at the rear of Wendy's. 

This quick response to a critical situation resulted in the arrest of multiple dangerous subjects and the recovery of all the money taken from the restaurant.  This display of excellent teamwork reflects honorably upon the Department and the entire law enforcement profession.  The other participants received the Employee Excellence Award.

Prepared by:
Sandra G. Kramer
Media Relations Bureau

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