Officer of the Month
Officer Barrett has been selected as the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Officer of the Month award for February 2019.
On December 7, officers responded to a report of an armed carjacking in the parking lot of Park Lane Plaza. Based on the description of the suspects and the recent gang activity in that area, members of the GRADE Unit responded. Officer Barrett was assigned as the case agent. Unit members met with several business owners in the area, and recovered video surveillance footage. The victim confirmed the subjects in the video were the suspects who carjacked him.
On December 8, the Unit conducted surveillance in the City of Tustin and the City of Santa Ana. The surveillance team at Scherer Place and Carfax Drive saw the stolen car arrive in the area. Patrol units stopped the car, and the four occupants fled. OCSD’s Duke responded and two female passengers were located and arrested. The two male suspects escaped.
On December 11, GRADE and members of the Special Response Team (SRT) conducted surveillance on one of the suspect’s residence, eventually taking him into custody without incident. He was booked into Orange County Jail with a gang enhancement. On December 21, they served an arrest and search warrant on the last suspect’s residence. During the service, the suspect’s sister was arrested for resisting officers. She is the same female arrested on December 8th after fleeing from the carjacked vehicle.
Throughout the month of December, the Unit used several investigative techniques including manned surveillance, video surveillance, and many hours of interviews. On January 28, they located the last suspect standing on the corner of Scherer Place and Carfax Drive. He was arrested and booked into Orange County Jail.
Officer Barrett was the lead on the case, coming in early and staying late every day. She authored four warrants – two arrest, one GPS, and one for the last suspect’s residence.