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Phoenix cop honored in Washington, D.C. for stopping kidnapping

PHOENIX — A Phoenix police officer was honored Tuesday for halting a kidnapping last year.

Canine handler Mike Lin was named a Top Cop by the National Association of Police Organizations for his actions on March 3, 2014. He was on the way to a burglary call when he saw a man on a bicycle carrying a small child.

The child was crying.

“It’s very early in the morning and he’s thinking, ‘You know what? There’s something not right with this,'” officer James Holmes said. “As it turns out, this suspect had kidnapped this child from her bedroom.”

Lin detained the suspect and later found the suspect had already taken inappropriate pictures of the girl. Holmes said, if not for Lin’s actions, the girl likely would have suffered additional harm.

Lin was honored at annual ceremony that recognizes a Top Cop from each of the 50 states and U.S. territories.