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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Update on the assault on Matilda Street

This in from Commander Richard Gentry, regarding the assault last week on Matilda Street:

Detectives from the Miami Police Department's Special Victims Unit responded and investigated this incident and subsequently arrested the subject, (Gary Arroliga, D.O.B 4/5/87) for Armed Robbery, Armed Sexual Battery, False Imprisonment and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.  (Court case # F12021185)

This subject is a convicted felon, "Signal 200" and does not reside in Coconut Grove. The weapon he utilized during this crime was a BB gun. 

Lieutenant Vincent Laricci, Commander of our Special Victims Unit advised that since this subject was in possession of a BB Gun and not a firearm during this incident, they were unable to present this case for Federal charges.  Since a BB Gun is not classified as a firearm per Florida State Statute, this case was forwarded to the Dade County State Attorney's Office for prosecution and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

This was an isolated incident and a cowardly act committed by this convicted felon.   

This convicted felon was out on Felony Bond due to an open case regarding a Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting arrest with violence and Escape that occurred in May of 2012.  (Court case # F12011065)

Just so you know, there were two (2) Miami Police marked units from the midnight shift in the area of the Business District from 4:00 am to 6:00 am on the day of this incident. One of the units was at Grand & 32 Avenue and the other unit was near McFarlane and Main Hwy.  Both of the officers immediately responded to the area and arrived in seconds of the dispatched call to assist the Coral Gables Police Department with locating a missing female.  During this time, the Miami Police Department was unaware and did not have any knowledge of any potential crime when responding to assist the Coral 

Gables Police Department who was already on the scene.   The male victim who went for assistance drove to Coral Gables and notified them of a missing person and did not make reference to any details regarding a crime.  

Due to the keen sense of alertness from the two midnight officers (Officer Guerra and Officer Grass) from the Miami Police Department, they were able to locate the victim and ensure her safety and take the subject into custody at gunpoint without further incident.   I will be writing a commendation commending both of them for their due diligence and a job well done that resulted in the apprehension of this convicted felon who committed this cowardly act. 

The Miami Police Department takes the safety of all citizens as our # 1 priority and our daily efforts will continue with our due diligence with curtailing crime and promoting a safe community.

In an effort for us as a team to effectively and efficiently combat crime, we need all of our citizens to call 911 (Emergency) or (305) 579-6111 (Non-Emergency) for all suspicious persons or vehicles that are in our community who may be in the area to commit crimes.  Always trust your instincts and judgment.

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Anonymous Yosser Hughes said...

Good Job Police, keep up the Good Work!!!

August 30, 2012 9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats your job

August 30, 2012 10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why wasn't the male friend helping her out? Against a BB gun - seriously?

August 30, 2012 3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some BB/Airsoft guns look very realistic, especially if someone approaches you in the dark while pointing one at you.

If you're walking in the forest and see a large bear walking around, would you keep your distance or risk your life to find out of its a real bear or a guy in a bear suit?

August 30, 2012 4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First it was black Grove getting blamed, now the companion who alerted the police, who do you desire to blame next?

August 30, 2012 4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Tom for reporti this. Please continue.

I've walked through West Grove day and night. It's just as safe as the rest of the Grove. I'm far from PC so bite me if you don't get it. Get to know your neighbors and drop the race card. Work together against crime Peace out fools.

Tony the Troll

August 30, 2012 10:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way, the bf probably had his iPhone taken as well. Hence the need to drive at 5 am to find a cop that should have been mobile rather than in a static position. I'm just not willing to pat the police on the back yet. Police need to get their sh$@ together and stop making excuses and self congratulatory high fives.

Tony the Troll

August 30, 2012 10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This doesn't make sense.

I can't imagine that the CGPD officer would leave his jurisdiction if the male victim "did not make reference to any details regarding a crime."

So what did he say? "Hey, I just lost my girlfriend. Can you help me find her?" If that were the report, the CGPD officer would have radioed his dispatch to report it to MPD and let them take care of it and moved on with his own duties. The only plausible explanation for the CG officer to have left his jurisdiction is that the male victim described a serious crime to him.

MPD officers were probably sleeping near the intersection of 37th Avenue and Ingraham, where I've been finding them on the side of the road with their parking lights on at around that time lately. They'll probably say that they're doing "traffic enforcement."

Another mystery is why the male victime would abandon the female like that. Why didn't he run to the Starbucks?

September 04, 2012 1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HE is innocent until proven guilty ! or on until they find the real perp in the west grove !

September 07, 2012 10:50 AM  

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