Detective Roderick Stanfield was assigned a case for follow-up investigation on May 1, 2019 after the original report of a sexual assault disclosure was made on about five weeks earlier.
The HPOU honored Stanfield by selecting him Investigator of the Month for January.
During the investigation, Detective Stanfield learned of the Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child involving two boys, aged 7 and 8. They complained about their 16-year-old uncle.
The case was presented to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Juvenile Intake, and a charge of Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child was accepted on the suspect.
Stanfield learned that the suspect resided at a CPS facility in San Antonio, prompting Stanfield to obtain a directive to apprehend in order to pick up the suspect. He arrested the suspect in the Alamo City on Oct. 20 of this year.
Detective Stanfield worked on this case for over a year. During this time hit many roadblocks and delays in the arrest of the suspect. The first attempt was delayed by the nationwide protest of the George Floyd incident. The second attempt saw the CPS facility where he resided was at shut down due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
During the third attempt to apprehend the suspect, he was found to be in federal custody awaiting an immigration hearing. The suspect’s hearing was rescheduled, and he was released back into CPS custody.
Once the suspect was released back into CPS custody he ran away again. The suspect in this case has ran away multiple times from various CPS facilities. In each of these runaway cases, Stanfield was able to locate and identify the suspect.
During this seemingly endless ordeal, the detective never gave up tracking down the elusive suspect. He was determined to bring the young man to justice to the two innocent victims in this case.
Detective Stanfield demonstrated dedication, determination and a relentless pursuit of justice. Stanfield did an amazing investigation and displayed the core values of the Houston Police Department and stood up for those that are most vulnerable when they had no one else to stand up for them.