In the “middle of the night” on November 28th, 2011 Kimberly Reid was lured from her home, brutally assaulted, thrown into the back seat of a car and kidnapped by a suspect known to her and a second suspect she did not know. The assault continued while the car moved until the driver’s erratic driving caught the attention of Phoenix Police officers on patrol. The car was stopped by police and both suspects were taken into custody. Kimberly sustained very serious injuries, primarily to her hands, and she was transported to a local hospital. Kimberly has since undergone three surgeries to repair her hands/fingers, the suspect have been successfully prosecuted.
The case was assigned to Phoenix Police Detective Al Richards. Kimberly said, amongst other things in a letter she sent to KPHO CBS5 (“Pay It Forward”), “if it wasn't for him (Detective Richards) I would of never made it thru my horrifying situation. He picked me up for every court date and was there for me always. He went above and beyond and I want to say thank u”.
On Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. reporter Pat McReynolds from KPHO and Kimberly Reid presented $500.00 to Detective Richards as a “Pay It Forward” award in recognition of his dedication to duty and for going the “extra mile” as he worked with Kimberly, reassured her and walked her through the ordeal of prosecution. Kimberly said through tears during the interview “there is just no way I could have faced those men again alone. I’m still afraid to go out alone sometimes but at least I know I’m getting better thanks to his (Det. Richards) encouragement”.
These “above and beyond” actions are certainly the things Phoenix Police officers find themselves involved with every day, and without much fore-thought. Kudos to Detective Richards for his dedication and positive representation of himself and our department.
Detective Richards promptly gave the funds to PLEA President Joe Clure to be used for PLEA Charities.