On September 16, 2019 off-duty Deputy Sheriff Todd Mohney and his wife Kristin placed a 911 call in reference to Jeremy Dewitte and Metro-State Special Services.
According to a sworn affidavit prepared by Orange County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Keith Vidler, Todd and Kristin claimed they observed employees from Metro-State behaving as law enforcement. Allegedly during the September 16, 2019 funeral procession Jeremy Dewitte exited his black and white Chevy Tahoe and began directing traffic.
Todd and Kristin Mohney stated Jeremy Dewitte slapped the hood of their Dodge Ram truck with both of his hands and placed his right hand on his gun holster. During a 911 call they told the operator Jeremy Dewitte placed his right hand on his gun belt a second time when he was on North Fern Creek Avenue.
On Jeremy Dewitte’s 911 call he appeared to be speaking to the operator while he was crossing North Fern Creek Avenue. Metro-State employees Steven Negron (Recycle), Victor Lopez (Photo) and Randall Brocius (ASAP) were also working that day.
The couple said they felt threatened by Dewitte’s actions and they believed he was reaching for a gun while they were being followed. They also told the Sergeant their four year old son was in the backseat of the vehicle in the affidavit. However there were no references to the child or confirmation of a real gun in the 911 call. Both parties were directed to meet at Blue Jacket Park by 911 operators.
While meeting with eight police officers from Orlando Police Department at Blue Jacket Park, Deputy Sheriff Todd Mohney requested an Orange County Sheriff’s Office supervisor to arrive on the scene.
Moments later Sergeant Keith Vidler arrived to assist.
According to Officer Steven Smith’s narrative, Vidler took over the investigation and the original Orlando Police Department witness statements were handed to Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
Jeremy Dewitte was arrested on October 30, 2019 for falsely impersonating a police officer. Prosecutor Steven Casey Miller filed two more charges against Dewitte for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Jeremy Dewitte’s next court date is a pre-trial conference on September 1, 2020 and a trial date set for September 14, 2020. It is unclear if there will be a trial in 2020 for any of Jeremy Dewitte’s open felony cases.
We also received part two of Jeremy Dewitte’s encounter with Sergeant Keith Vidler during a traffic stop on March 14, 2020. Dewitte was ticketed for misrepresenting his automobile insurance and displaying prohibited red and blue lights. Metro-State employee Alec Ringdahl was also ticketed.
The criminal traffic court date is still pending.