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Police chief takes down fraud suspect: ‘It was do or die and I just said jump’

Surveillance footage shows police chief tackling suspect in BrandsMart USA

Miami Gardens Police Chief Antonio Brooklen sprung into action and took down a fraud suspect who tried to escape custody during questioning at BrandsMart USA on June 16, 2016.
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Miami Gardens Police Chief Antonio Brooklen sprung into action and took down a fraud suspect who tried to escape custody during questioning at BrandsMart USA on June 16, 2016.

Miami Gardens Police Chief Antonio Brooklen reverted back to his days as a street cop during a recent trip to BrandsMart USA when a man, accused of a fraudulent transaction, tried to escape custody.

“The only thing that was on his mind was trying to get away and I wasn’t going to let it happen,” Brooklen told Miami Herald news partner CBS4.

Brooklen, who was wearing his uniform and was in the store for a routine check-in with the manager June 16, was enlisted after a cashier noticed that the name on a credit card did not match the name on the customer’s ID.

According to a police report, Alvaro Miranda-Acosta, who was trying to buy an Apple computer priced at nearly $2,500, was brought to the manager’s officer for questioning.

Brooklen was called in to help.

“I asked him if I could look in the wallet to see his identification,” Brooklen said. “He says yes and when I opened the wallet, there was another credit card with a different name on it. That’s when I knew something was wrong.”

That’s when Miranda-Acosta tried to escape.

Brooklen, who was captured on store surveillance cameras, ran after the man, brought him to the ground and restrained him until others could help.

Alvaro Miranda-Acosta was arrested and faces charges including grand theft, fraud, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.

“In my mind I’m saying, I can’t let him get away,” he said. “Because if I let him get away, I’d never live it down with my troops. When I got close enough, it was do or die and I just said, jump. Just tackle him.”

Miami Herald Herald news partner CBS4 contributed to this report.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff

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