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Distinguished Officers of the Month - October 2010

Distinguished Officers of the Month - October 2010
Sergeant Carl Manzelli (left)
and Detective Oscar Andino (right)

The Miami-Dade Police Department is pleased to announce that Sergeant Carl Manzelli and Detective Oscar Andino were awarded the departmental Bronze Medal of Valor and selected to share Distinguished Officer of the Month for honors for October 2010.  Sergeant Manzelli has been a member of this Department since April 2000, and Detective Andino since November 2003.  Both are currently assigned to the Northside District

On June 1, 2010, Mrs. Stephanie Rochard was driving her Dodge Durango eastbound on NW 79 Street with her three-year-old daughter, Shamira Halloway.  Mrs. Rochard realized that she had passed her intended turn and made an ill-advised U-turn in the path of a Dodge Charger, driven by Mr. Tristian Golden.  Mr. Golden was forced to brake in order to avoid a collision. He became enraged by Mrs. Rochard's driving and proceeded to pass her, conducting a series of hard-stop maneuvers in front of her vehicle.  

While stopped at the traffic light at NW 79 Street and 22 Avenue, Mr. Golden exited his vehicle and confronted Mrs. Rochard.  Fearing for her safety and that of her young daughter, she sped away and turned along NW 79 Terrace.  Mr. Golden followed her.  Unbeknownst to either party, Sergeant Manzelli and Detective Andino were several cars behind at the intersection of NW 22 Avenue. 

Although it was unclear as to what had transpired, Sergeant Manzelli and Detective Andino attempted to catch up to the two speeding vehicles in order to investigate.  Before they could intervene, Mrs. Rochard stopped in front of a residence along NW 79 Terrace and 26 Avenue to call the police.  Before she could dial the number, Mr. Golden drove up to her and pointed a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol at her vehicle and fired.  The projectile struck the rear passenger door hinge, failing to penetrate the passenger compartment and thus narrowly avoiding striking the passengers.  Mrs. Rochard fled the scene only to be followed again by Mr. Golden.

Sergeant Manzelli and Detective Andino caught up to the vehicles and conducted a traffic stop.  Mr. Golden was removed from the vehicle, and a pat down revealed a holster in his waistband.  Sergeant Manzelli then spoke with Mrs. Rochard to ensure that they were unharmed. A follow-up investigation resulted in the recovery of a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol in Mr. Golden's vehicle.

With the assistance of other detectives, a spent .45 casing was recovered at NW 26 Avenue and 79 Terrace. Mr. Golden's hands were processed for gunshot residue and he was interviewed at the Northside Station.  After waiving his Miranda rights, Mr. Golden provided Detective Andino with a recorded confession of the incident. He was charged accordingly.

Prepared by:
Sandra G. Kramer
Media Relations Bureau

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