7th PDAC names officer of the month

Phil­adelphia Po­lice Of­ficer Randy Vo­gt is at it again. Last year’s Of­ficer of the Year in the 7th dis­trict has been named Of­ficer of the Month for Novem­ber after he ar­res­ted an al­leged mur­der­er in Somer­ton.

Mem­bers of the 7th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil honored Vo­gt with a plaque and le­gis­lat­ive cita­tions dur­ing the group’s monthly meet­ing on Dec. 19.

Vo­gt led the ef­fort to cap­ture a man wanted in con­nec­tion with a Nov. 18 stabbing in Kens­ing­ton. On the morn­ing after the slay­ing, Vo­gt ar­rived for work to learn that a vehicle in­volved in the stabbing had been linked to a res­id­ence on the 100 block of Tom­lin­son Road in Somer­ton.

Vo­gt and a su­per­visor went to the rent­al prop­erty, but did not see the sus­pect’s car. The of­ficers in­ter­viewed neigh­bors who in­dic­ated that the wanted man, in­deed, lived in a first-floor unit with his girl­friend and 5-year-old son. The neigh­bors also stated that the sus­pect was in­side the prop­erty at the time.

Vo­gt called backup of­ficers to the prop­erty as they knocked on the sus­pect’s door and shouted that they were con­cerned for the safety of the wo­man and child who lived there. There was no re­sponse from any­one in­side the home.

Po­lice next called the wo­man us­ing her cell phone num­ber that they had ob­tained dur­ing a pri­or po­lice call at the home. The wo­man answered the call and spoke to an of­ficer, but the call be­came dis­con­nec­ted mo­ments later.

Vo­gt and the oth­er of­ficers con­tin­ued knock­ing on the door and at­tempt­ing to speak to the oc­cu­pants. Even­tu­ally, the sus­pec­ted mur­der­er re­spon­ded verbally, then al­lowed of­ficers in­side the res­id­ence. The wo­man and child ap­peared un­harmed. The sus­pect and his girl­friend also agreed to be taken to the po­lice Hom­icide Unit for ques­tion­ing. Once there, the sus­pect al­legedly con­fessed to the fatal stabbing and was charged with murder. ••

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