On March 28, 2011, Coral Springs Police Chief Duncan Foster presented Michael Goulette with a citizen recognition award for assisting the police department apprehend a robbery suspect.
On September 27, 2010, the Coral Springs Police Department responded to a strong-arm robbery call that occurred at 11241 Atlantic Blvd. The suspect stole a black purse from a 77-year-old woman. The woman also suffered a fractured hip as the suspect pushed her to the ground. While police where on scene Goulette approached them and asked if they needed any assistance. Goulette was advised on what type of property was stolen in case he observed it in the complex.
On September 28, 2010, Goulette was checking vacant condos inside the complex. As he was checking a vacant unit, a juvenile later identified as Brandon Clemons approached him. Clemons advised Goulette that he needed to get property out of the vacant condo. Goulette escorted Clemons inside the condo and immediately observed a black purse lying on the bedroom floor. This instantly raised Goulette’s suspicion due to the fact that the purse matched the description of the one stolen on September 27th. While Clemons was in the bedroom gathering his clothing, Goulette also observed a wallet on the floor. When Goulette grabbed the wallet from the floor Clemons attempted to run out of the condo. Goulette was able to take hold of Clemons and detain him until the police arrived.
Clemons confessed to the robbery and was charged with strong-arm robbery, battery on a person 65 years or older, aggravated battery and trespassing.
As a result of Mr. Goulette’s willingness to get involved and assist the police department, a violent criminal has been arrested and charged with this terrible crime. In addition, the victim was able to get back her stolen property.