It was an act of crime that motivated Ariel Acosta to become a crime fighter.
The six-year veteran of the Prince George’s County Police Department was in Queens, New York, with his brother when his brother was mugged. Acosta, 32, of Waldorf said the police officer took them around the area looking for the suspect. Acosta said the officer genuinely wanted to help him and his brother, and led Acosta to want to do the same as a police officer.
“It just made such a huge influence on me because usually you just have the officer come and do the report and leave and be done,” Acosta said. “I wanted to be somebody the kids could look up to.”
On Monday, Acosta assisted in the apprehension of Anthony Donald Logan, who allegedly attempted to kidnap and assault a Clinton third-grader who was walking to school. After getting the description, police procedure would be to canvass the area, but Acosta said he remembered picking up Logan about nine months ago for public intoxication and he matched the suspect’s description. Acosta said he went back to his notes and found Logan’s address, and the third-grader identified him as the alleged attacker.
Logan has not had a lawyer assigned to him as of press time, according to online Maryland court records.
Acosta said he was lucky the notes were still in his police car’s trunk, as officers wouldn’t have gone door to door because the suspect may not have been from the area.
“A lot of times, these people aren’t caught because police get there a minute later and they are gone,” Acosta said.
Maj. Raymond Gordon, Acosta’s District V commander, said Acosta does exceptional police work, especially by keeping his observation notes from so far back with him.
“It is outstanding. It makes us look good,” Gordon said. “You need officers like that that want to do the job and love doing it.”
Last July, Acosta aided a young child trapped in the metal cord of some window blinds. Acosta untangled the choking child and resuscitated him, according to police reports.
Acosta’s supervisor, Capt. James Colandrea, said officers practice building relationships in the community and taking judicious notes for such situations like the attempted kidnapping.
“We should know all the communities,” Colandrea said. “We try to work closely with the community ... it is a partnership we have to have because we can’t be everywhere.”
Although being commended for his efforts, Acosta said for him it’s all in a day’s work.
“I get to interact with people everyday ... to work with the community,” Acosta said. “I tried to do the real estate cubicle thing, but I’m a people person.”