A man who said he is a retired cop and has a history of stalking and domestic violence charges, was arrested again Thursday, this time for threatening and stalking a police officer in Coral Gables who arrested him more than three months ago.
Police said Dennis Charles Moore, 57, walked into the Coral Gables police station on Thursday looking for the officer who arrested him in May on simple battery charges, then went and hid by the officer’s car after being asked to leave the station.
When police did a records check of Moore, they said it revealed an alert of an intent to commit harm on a police officer from May. He was taken into custody, transported to jail and charged with aggravated stalking and harassment.
Moore remained in jail on Friday. His bond was set at $2,000.
According to police, Moore approached the front desk of the Coral Gables police department Thursday afternoon and asked for officer Diana Capote. He left when told the officer wasn’t there, but returned a short time later after she showed up for work.
Capote, according to Moore’s arrest affidavit, went down to the lobby to speak with Moore and was accompanied by another police officer. Moore’s request to speak with Capote alone was denied, police said.
Then, according to the police report, Moore pointed his finger in the officer’s face and said, “You said everything would be okay and it’s not okay. You know what you saw. You’re going to pay.”
When Moore placed his hand in his pocket, officers ordered him to remove it. When he removed his hand, he was holding a white cellphone cord. He was then ordered to leave, police said.
Half an hour later, police said, Moore was spotted hiding behind a wall only six feet from the officer’s marked vehicle. Capote went downstairs and identified Moore and he was arrested.
State records show that Moore has been arrested six other times the past decade by several police agencies. In 2008, Sweetwater police charged him with disorderly intoxication. The charge was dismissed. The same year, he was arrested by Sweetwater police again, this time for aggravated stalking. That charge was dropped.
In 2011 Miccosukee police charged Moore with criminal mischief. He pleaded no contest. The same year, Coral Gables police charged Moore with domestic violence and the case was later dropped. Then in 2013, Miami Beach police charged Moore with pimping. Again, the case was dropped.
And in May, when he was arrested by Capote, Moore was charged with simple battery and domestic violence after stalking an ex-girlfriend, then threatening and head-butting someone else who lives at the property.
That case, too, was dropped.
Coral Gables police on Friday said they didn’t know what police agency Moore previously served.