On July 27, 2017 Jeremy Dewitte and his younger brother Dylan Vogt were conducting a funeral escort for Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home.
Allegedly Jeremy Dewitte and Dylan Vogt impersonated law enforcement and caused damage to a motorist’s vehicle. However Dylan Vogt and Jeremy Dewitte claimed Dylan was the victim of a hit-and-run and Winter Park Police Department was contacted.
Officer Joshua Larson believed Dylan Vogt and Jeremy Dewitte were officers and the motorist was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon weapon and battery. The motorist’s name was Jerome and the charges were later dismissed.
After Jeremy Dewitte’s September 2019 police impersonation arrest in Windermere, Florida, Sergeant Keith Vidler and Corporal John Ramsey from Orange County Sheriff’s Office met with Jerome and his attorney Scott Rost on December 5, 2019.
During their investigation Vidler and Ramsey recovered Dylan Vogt’s body camera footage which showed Vogt acting outside of the scope of his job. Jerome kept the pictures he snapped on July 27, 2017. The pictures captured Jeremy Dewitte as he approached Jerome’s vehicle.
On February 16, 2020 Dylan Vogt was arrested and charged with falsely impersonating a police officer and criminal mischief on July 27, 2017. Jeremy Dewitte was charged for falsely impersonating a police officer.
In 2018 Dylan Vogt filed a lawsuit against Jerome, a successful real estate investor. Vogt claimed he suffered damages from mental anguish and the loss of enjoyment after the alleged hit-and-run.
Before Dylan Vogt’s February 2020 arrest Jerome responded to the lawsuit and countersued Dylan Vogt, Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Homes and Metro-State Special Services.
On May 19, 2020 Jerome filed a motion for a protective order. Jerome’s attorneys claimed his wife Elizabeth was ill and there were concerns her illness may be related to COVID-19.
A deposition was scheduled for May 21, 2020 and the protective order was requested because Jerome needed to take care of his young daughter. Jerome also claimed he and his family were being quarantined.
Dylan Vogt’s attorney, James Gentry, filed a motion in opposition of the protective order and he stated Jerome’s deposition did not require him to leave his home because it was being done via video.
Judge John Marshall Kest granted Jerome’s motion for a protective order and his deposition was rescheduled for June 2020.
There were several attempts by Jerome and his attorneys to serve Jeremy Dewitte and Metro-State Special Services. Jeremy Dewitte refused to be served and dodged a process server for several months. On December 31, 2019 his wife Rania Dewitte was served with the paperwork.
Jeremy Dewitte and Metro-State Special Services never filed a response and a motion for default was requested by Jerome’s attorney, Scott Rost. A motion for default means a plaintiff can collect money from the defendant by garnishing his wages or garnishing his bank account.
As of May 22, 2020 Jeremy Dewitte has 10 open felony cases in Orange County, Florida and one open felony case in Osceola County.
On May 19, 2020 Jeremy Dewitte had an arraignment hearing for two of his 10 felony cases. The two cases involved Deputy Mohney and a victim named Heather. Jeremy Dewitte was charged with two counts of falsely impersonating a police officer, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and three counts of unlawful interception of wire or oral communication.
Those cases as well as the case from his Windermere arrest and Orlando arrest which included one charge for falsely impersonating a police officer, one charge for resisting an officer without violence, reckless driving and two counts of unlawful interception of wire or oral communication have the same pre-trial conference and trial dates.
Jeremy Dewitte’s pre-trial date is September 1, 2020 and his trial begins September 14, 2020.
Jeremy Dewitte has five more felony cases with an arraignment date of June 8, 2020. Those charges include five charges of falsely impersonating a police officer and one charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Dewitte’s latest charge, sexual offender: failure to register as required, is a third degree felony and an arraignment date has not been set. The warrant was returned served on April 15, 2020 and the $1,500 bond Judge Julie O’Kane felt was appropriate for the crime was filed.