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CIS Security offers $10,000 reward in security officer murder www.privateofficer.com
TAMPA Fla Nov 29 2012 - When K.C. Poulin walked to the podium at Tampa Police Headquarters, he was supposed to make a simple announcement about a reward. But his message went far beyond the few words he read from his paper. Instead, without words, the CEO of Critical Intervention Services made a statement about how much pain he and his employees have felt since the killing of Michael Valentin.
“We would like to offer a $10,000 reward,” Poulin paused, choking back tears. “For the arrest of the individual who assassinated CIS officer Valentin,” he whispered, stepping back from the microphone with watery eyes.
Poulin’s strong language describing the death of a 38-year old father of two sent a clear message.
“We ask the community to help us take this individual off the street,” Poulin said. “There’s no question that if he is willing to do that to an armed, trained security officer, he has no fear of doing that to anyone else.”
Tampa investigators said it’s been difficult getting people who may know about Valentin’s death to come forward, and they’re hoping this reward ignites a wave of fruitful tips.
Valentin died near the entrance of the Grande Oaks Apartments the night before Thanksgiving.
“It’s hard to believe people out there don’t have any more information,” said Tampa Police Major Brian Dugan. He was adamant that if residents want to feel safe, somebody needs to find the courage to call police.
“You need to step forward. If you’re feeling uneasy about living there, start talking,” he said.
Surveillance video of a bicyclist who was riding near the scene of the crime has revealed no suspects thus far. It shows a person with a bandana occasionally removing it and putting it back on. The video is being sent to an FBI lab for enhancements.
Police have yet to officially announce Valentin’s cause of death, although CIS said he had been shot.
Flyers have been distributed showing the $10,000 reward and a phone number. Both CIS and Tampa Police have stepped up patrols of Grande Oaks.
“We’ve worked right through the holidays. Cancelled personal plans to get to the bottom of this,” Dugan said.
It’s been a difficult year-and-a-half for CIS. In May of last year, security officer Matthew Little was murdered while patrolling a St. Petersburg apartment complex. Not long after a reward was offered, a suspect was arrested in that case.
A week after Valentin’s death, police still haven’t identified what led to the killing.
“It raises our level of urgency to get to the bottom of things and bring this person to justice,” Dugan sai