The HPOU honored Officers Alex Carmona and Carol Calabro as Investigators of the Month in the December general membership meeting.
Throughout the months of August and September, a series of Aggravated Robberies were committed on the north side of Houston by a suspect posing as a police officer. Carmona and Calabro handled each of them as part of their work on cases involving police officer impersonations.
This suspect struck at all times of the day and night and routinely displayed a firearm during his robberies. Through long hours and sheer determination, the suspect was identified and found to already have warrants out for his arrest.
On Oct. 1, the suspect struck again. North Patrol Sergeant C. Park recognized that this robbery was related to the ongoing series of robberies being committed by the same suspect and contacted Major Offenders.
Capt. Dwayne Ready, head of Major Offenders, said information from the scene was developed which led officers to believe that the suspect was in a nearby motel room.
Ready explained, “Although the suspect was wanted for a series of Aggravated Robberies, he was taken into custody in such a manner that he was willing to fully confess to committing the Aggravated Robbery that day, as well as implicate himself in several of the other robberies.”
Multiple charges were filed on the suspect.
Lt. Thomas Spjut of Major Offenders said, “It should be noted that many thanks go out to the North Patrol Tact, Gang, and patrol officers who assisted in searching for and apprehending this suspect.”
Ready and Spjut said Carmona and Calabro investigated each of these cases and participated in the arrest of the suspect. “They investigated all those cases and matched the suspect with the police officer impersonation cases.”