A recently retired photojournalist who covered breaking news for the Miami Herald found himself on the other side of the camera recently as a he helped chase down a suspected criminal in Miami Shores.
Walter Michot and his wife, Emily, a Miami Herald photographer, were in the kitchen having coffee Tuesday morning when they spotted a man inside their fenced backyard walking around.
About two weeks ago, Emily Michot and her sister spotted the same man in their backyard and called police, but he was gone before officers arrived.
So Walter Michot, barefoot and wearing baggy shorts with no belt, dashed outside the back door and the man quickly hopped the fence and started “walking briskly” away.
Michot, who also had his dog on a leash, followed the man through the alleys — while on the phone with Miami Shores police describing the man's every move.
“It wasn't easy juggling the phone, the dog and keeping my pants from falling,” he said.
Finally, Michot followed him into an area near the Miami Shores Post office. North Miami police brought in a K-9 and a police helicopter was used to find the man.
The man, identified by the New Times as Dwayne Felton Cromer, was arrested and charged with trespassing, burglary and resisting arrest without violence. According to records, Cromer has an extensive arrest history including cocaine possession, burglary and loitering.
Michot said instinct kicked in when he saw the guy in his backyard.
“I wasn't trying to apprehend the guy, I was just trying to see where he was going,” Walter Michot said. “He evaded the cops last time, I didn't want that to happen again.”