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. ••