Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Officers in Action
Officer D. Haynes was recently dispatched to a Robbery call at a hair salon. Officer Haynes arrived and met with the victim, who relayed to him that a male had just robbed the business at gunpoint. Officer Haynes broadcast a description of the suspect, who had just left the scene to other officers in the area.
Officer C. Castellani searched the area for the suspect and was able to find him quickly, however as Officer Castellani attempted to detain the suspect, he began to run away on foot. Officers R. P. Roecker and L. Pudifin arrived at the scene and assisted in the foot pursuit.
Officers chased the suspect through a busy shopping center. Officers could see that the suspect was carrying a sock, with what appeared to be a gun barrel protruding from it. Officers gave the suspect numerous commands to drop the gun, and to stop running.
The suspect then ran into an alley by the shopping center and stumbled. Officer Roecker tackled the suspect to the ground and was able to wrestle the gun away from him. Officers Roecker, Castellani and Pudifin were able to take the suspect into custody. During a search of the suspect, the cash stolen from the business was recovered. Officers also recovered the gun, which was a fully loaded, .45 caliber pistol.
Officers returned the suspect to the scene, where he was positively identified. The suspect was charged with Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon.
Officer Haynes provided critical descriptions of the suspect immediately, leading to the pursuit. Officers Roecker, Castellani and Pudifin showed great restraint, while pursuing an armed suspect through a crowded shopping center. The officers took action with care to avoid injuries to bystanders.
Without the diligence of the officers involved, this robbery might have gone unsolved. Without the quick response of the officers, the suspect would have had time to conceal evidence and flee the area.
HPD would like to commend these officers for their dedication to duty.
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