December 1, 2020 11:30 PM EST
On Friday November 13, 2020 a warrant was issued for Jeremy Dewitte’s arrest for a misdemeanor simple battery charge in a domestic violence case.
Detective Bradley Smith from Orlando Police Department believed he had probable cause for the arrest of Jeremy Dewitte after a complaint was filed. The victim claimed a former Metro-State Special Services contractor named Whitney Tools-Nickols attempted to strike her and made threats towards her with Jeremy Dewitte’s ex-girlfriend Jessica Bolden. Jeremy Dewitte was present during this exchange.
In a recorded interview with Detective Smith, Jeremy Dewitte stated Whitney Tools-Nickols was the instigator in the situation and acting on behalf of his ex-girlfriend Jessica Bolden. Jeremy Dewitte claimed he tried to protect the victim from Tools-Nickols.
Although the victim made the complaint against Whitney Tools-Nickols and Jessica Bolden and didn’t name Jeremy Dewitte, he was questioned about his actions during the incident and an arrest warrant was created.
The victim went to Amir Ladan’s office and signed a declination of prosecution affidavit stating she never wanted to press charges against Jeremy Dewitte. Amir Ladan is Jeremy Dewitte’s defense attorney for all of his police impersonation cases. The victim contacted the State Attorney’s Office and said she wouldn’t participate in the prosecution of Jeremy Dewitte.
The victim said days after this incident she was followed from her place of employment for over 10 minutes by Whitney Tools-Nickols and Jessica Bolden who were in separate vehicles. She stated the two women tried to hit her car, drove on the wrong side of the road at times and ran red lights to chase her in and out of the city of Orlando. She claimed at least one of the women had a handgun during the 911 call which lasted during the chase. The victim was granted temporary injunctions against Whitney Tools-Nickols and Jessica Bolden, signed by Judge Jeffrey L. Ashton.
Jessica Bolden’s hearing was continued and Whitney Tools-Nickols has yet to be served despite efforts by multiple agencies to locate her in the counties of Orange, Osceola and Seminole. The temporary injunctions against Bolden and Tools-Nickols are still active.
The victim claims she contacted Detective Bradley Smith because she didn’t understand why Jeremy Dewitte was being targeted by Orlando Police Department. “I asked why he was being singled out when two people tried to run me off of the road with weapons and they could have killed me or someone else who wasn’t involved.”
It wasn’t the first time Jessica Bolden was accused of maliciously using her vehicle. In a recorded interview with Corporal John Ramsey in October 2019, Jeremy Dewitte and Ramsey discussed an altercation between Dewitte’s wife, Rania, and Jessica Bolden. According to Jeremy Dewitte, his wife’s vehicle was struck and damaged by Jessica Bolden multiple times in 2019.
Detective Bradley Smith asked the victim to identify Whitney Tools-Nickols and Jessica Bolden in a follow-up email.
During this time a warrant was released for Jeremy Dewitte’s arrest. The victim contacted Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and asked an agent to speak to Orlando Police Department about the direction of the case and the warrant that was issued for Dewitte but not for Whitney Tools-Nickols and Jessica Bolden. The victim claimed she was guided to Orlando Police Department by 911 dispatch because there were I.R.I.S police cameras in the area. The cameras were able to capture the suspects chasing the victim. On November 24, 2020 Orlando Police Department filed stalking charges against Whitney Tools-Nickols and Jessica Bolden.
Stalking in the state of Florida is considered a first degree misdemeanor when a person repeatedly and maliciously follows or harasses another person. It is punishable by up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine. It is considered a third degree felony when a person repeatedly and maliciously follows another person and makes a credible threat towards that person with the intent to cause fear of death or bodily harm. It is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Jeremy Dewitte turned himself in on November 29, 2020. His initial appearance was the following morning at 9:00 AM EST. Judge Amy J. Carter announced the State Attorney’s Office decided not to pursue the charges and the case was dropped before his hearing. Dewitte’s defense attorney Amir Ladan emphasized the errors in assigning the case as domestic violence. The victim and Jeremy Dewitte never lived together and were never married.
Amir Ladan went on to say he felt it was an attempt by law enforcement to manipulate the information and another way to have Jeremy Dewitte’s bonds revoked from his police impersonation arrests. The victim thanked the judge for choosing not to move forward with revoking Jeremy Dewitte’s bonds.
Jeremy Dewitte was released at 2:00 PM EST on the day of his hearing. Despite turning himself in on November 29 and attending his first appearance on November 30, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office arrived at his front door later that evening. The sheriff’s office claimed the warrant was still active in their system.
In the end Osceola County Sheriff’s Office admitted there was an error on their end and a deputy sheriff apologized for the mistake.
In today’s video there is a clip of the 911 call between the victim, a dispatcher and an Orlando Police Department officer during the alleged stalking chase. Jeremy Dewitte’s initial appearance at Orange County jail is also included, as well as exclusive footage of Osceola County deputies attempting to locate Dewitte at his home to arrest him for the warrant that was no longer valid.