On July 20, 2018, Detective Nelson Perez met with a frightened victim of an armed robbery involving a sales application called “Let Go”. The victim advised that he met with the intended buyer/suspect to sell his cellphone and the buyer/subject showed the victim a gun that was concealed in his waistband. The suspect asked the victim for his security code. The victim, who was in fear for his life, complied. After robbing the victim, the suspect jumped into the front passenger seat of a white sedan, which was being driven by another subject, and drove away with the victim’s cellphone.
Detective Perez was able to obtain pictures of a potential suspect through his investigation, and subsequently obtained the suspect’s identities. Detective Perez conducted a line-up with a photo of the newly identified subject. As a result of the line-up, the victim positively identified him as the robber.
On August 5th, 2018, with the help of the North Miami Crime Suppression Unit, Detective Perez located the stolen cellphone. After an interview with the individual that was in possession of the cellphone, Detective Perez was able to identify and locate the two subjects responsible for the robbery. After conducting surveillance, the Crime Suppression Unit and Detective Perez located and arrested the gunman and the driver of the getaway vehicle.
Detective Perez’s persistent pursuit of these dangerous felons led to the identification and the apprehension of two criminals that had raised the level of fear and concern felt by the citizens of North Miami. Detective Perez’s new age detective work brought a successful end to another case in the Investigative Section. Detective Perez’s methodical and consistent hard work during this case is to be commended. I applaud Detective Perez’s efforts to make the City of North Miami a safer place for its citizens to live and work.