PHOENIX - A 14-year-old Phoenix boy was presented with the Certificate of Merit from Police Chief Daniel Garcia.
The boy, Alvaro Hernandez, helped stop a suspected child predator on January 30 while visiting a relative’s home.
“I wasn’t scared,” Hernandez told reporters at a news conference.
According to police, Raul Molina, 29, jumped over a three-foot chain link fence and approached a 9-year-old girl who was playing in her front yard near 16th Street and McDowell Road.
Molina allegedly grabbed the girl and hugged her, placing one hand on her buttocks while placing the other hand on her private parts.
Hernandez saw the assault and ran outside to confront the man.
“I went up and I told him to stop,” Hernandez said.
The man ran off and Hernandez alerted his family members who called police. The boy then picked Molina out of a lineup assuring an arrest.
Hernandez’s mother started to cry as her son spoke about his decision to intervene.
This was Garcia’s first Certificate of Merit that he has awarded to someone as chief.
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