Jeremy Dewitte was arrested on April 13, 2020 for failing to properly register a vehicle in his wife Rania Dewitte’s name. As a sex offender Jeremy Dewitte is required to register all vehicles in his and his wife’s name.
He was released on April 14, 2020 and given a $1,500 bond.
Two weeks ago we spoke to a man who claimed to be another business partner from Jeremy Dewitte’s past. We attempted to interview the man and ultimately he decided to remain anonymous.
The man stated he met Jeremy Dewitte and Jessica Bolden in 2019. He claimed Jeremy Dewitte and Jessica Bolden were business partners but also intimate with one another in front of him.
The business partner said he saw Rania Dewitte in her vehicle several times and according to him Jeremy Dewitte was verbally abusive towards his wife. He said he asked Jeremy Dewitte to apologize to his wife.
The man claimed he was conned by Jeremy Dewitte and Jessica Bolden. He stated Jeremy Dewitte tried to take over his business within two weeks of their meeting. He said he never saw Jeremy Dewitte’s driver’s license because Dewitte told him he was a police officer and showed him his gun.
According to the ex business partner Jessica Bolden hired a crew of African-American men to clean the new location for Metro-State Special Services. The man said he mistakenly identified one of the men as Bolden’s father to Jeremy Dewitte. He claimed Dewitte turned to him and said, “That’s not her father. That’s just another n*gger.”
The source claimed he had text messages from Jeremy Dewitte. According to him Jeremy Dewitte was “an adopted son” and he trusted him enough to leave his business with Dewitte when he was on vacation.
We haven’t received any of those text messages.
In lighter news a frequent reader of this site, Casual Observer, shared some of the parody Metro-State Special Services badges he made online.
Jeremy was this untouchable giant for so long. Steven Casey Miller’s going to knock him down.
Jennifer is the ex girlfriend of alleged police impersonator Jeremy Dewitte and someone we spoke to extensively on Sunday, April 5, 2020.
Steven Casey Miller is the lead prosecutor in Jeremy Dewitte’s felony cases in Orange County. Merrilyn Elise Hoenemeyer is an Assistant State Attorney who is also assigned to the case.
Although most of Jeremy Dewitte’s charges involve falsely impersonating a police officer, he has also been charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
On February 16, 2018 Jeremy Dewitte and five Metro-State Special Services employees conducted a funeral escort. A victim named Kevin was in a silver Nissan pick-up truck as Jeremy Dewitte directed traffic.
Kevin immediately asked Jeremy Dewitte if he was law enforcement. Dewitte responded, “Are you ok?” Kevin asked again and Jeremy Dewitte refused to answer.
Kevin stated he wasn’t stopping for Jeremy Dewitte if he wasn’t a police officer. Dewitte made several attempts to command Kevin to stop. Kevin asked for the name of the police agency Jeremy Dewitte worked for and he also asked for Dewitte to write him a ticket.
Kevin claimed as he drove away Jeremy Dewitte screamed expletives. Kevin also claimed Dewitte repeatedly placed his right hand on his handgun in a threatening manner.
In September 2019 Deputy Todd Mohney stated a black and white Chevy Tahoe was blocking the right lane with flashing amber and purple strobe lights activated. Jeremy Dewitte exited the vehicle and began to direct traffic according to an affidavit.
Deputy Mohney believed Jeremy Dewitte was a police officer because of his actions and apparel. Mohney claimed Jeremy Dewitte directed traffic with voice commands and hand signals.
Dewitte was waving motorists through the intersection and he raised his hands and commanded Deputy Mohney to stop his vehicle. Jeremy Dewitte allegedly slapped the front hood of the deputy’s truck and put his right hand on his gun holster in a threatening manner.
Deputy Mohney claimed he told Jeremy Dewitte he was a cop and told Dewitte he was breaking the law. Jeremy Dewitte responded, “It doesn’t matter get out of my escort fuck boy.” Deputy Mohney called 911 as he drove away with his wife and child in the vehicle.
Several Metro-State Special Services employees followed the deputy to Blue Jacket Park where he waited for law enforcement. Although Jeremy Dewitte was at the scene wearing a bulletproof vest, Metro-State employees refused to identify him.
Jeremy Dewitte would later admit in a September 26, 2019 interview with Orange County Sheriff’s Office that he did hit the vehicle. “I didn’t know he was a cop,” he stated. This contradicted his media interviews when he claimed Deputy Mohney tried to hit him with his vehicle.
Florida Statute 784.021 states an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is an intentional threat with words or actions, the ability to carry out the threat, and an action that creates fear in another person who believes violence is imminent.
An example of a deadly weapon is a handgun, a vehicle, glass bottle, baseball bat, pocket knife or poison.
An authentic appearing toy gun is also considered a deadly weapon. If the toy gun appears to be a glock and if a victim believes the toy gun is real and they could be harmed if they do not cooperate, the courts would consider the toy gun a deadly weapon.
After his September 2019 Windermere arrest Officer Ogletree claimed Jeremy Dewitte was wearing a fully equipped duty belt, a baton, handcuffs, two pocket knives and a pepper spray device that resembled a handgun.
Steven Casey Miller and Merrilyn Elise Hoenemeyer would only have to prove the victims believed the weapon was a real handgun, they believed they were in danger and they feared for their safety.
With the introduction of COVID-19 there have been delays with court proceedings in Jeremy Dewitte’s felony cases. However there have also been court documents filed and court rumors discussed.
Jeremy Dewitte has never gone to trial in any of his previous criminal cases. He has always accepted a plea offer. When we asked Jennifer about a rumor of a possible plea deal she laughed and said, “Consider the source. I’ll leave it there.”
Currently Jeremy Dewitte has 10 active and open felony cases in the Ninth Judicial Circuit.
***Update: Casual Observer noticed this picture on a Jeremy Dewitte Fan Club Page on Facebook. It is a photo of Jeremy Dewitte and his wife Rania Dewitte. Despite never serving in the military Jeremy Dewitte is in full uniform with his wife. It appears the two are at a military event. It is unclear whether Jeremy Dewitte has ever received military benefits while wearing his military uniform.
Jeremy Dewitte currently has 10 pending felony cases in the state of Florida. Nine of those cases are in Orange County and one case is in Osceola County.
There are various charges in the cases but most of the charges are for falsely personating a police officer.
Despite a shocked response from the public there have been similar cases of police impersonation in the state of Florida.
A man named Jean Beaubrun was arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer.
Beaubrun volunteered to escort his uncle’s funeral in what he called his security car. Beaubrun had amber and green lights in the front and back of his vehicle and “K-9 Enforcement” and “911 Emergency & Detection Unit” emblazoned on the sides of his vehicle.
This is very similar to Jeremy Dewitte’s Metro-State Special Services vehicles.
Unlike Jeremy Dewitte, Jean Beaubrun held a Class D and G security license as well as a concealed weapons permit. Beaubrun wasn’t a felon and he didn’t have a criminal record.
According to police officers on the scene Beaubrun was driving behind the funeral procession with flashing lights. He was stopped on I-95 by an Officer Bryant. I-95 is the same Florida highway Jeremy Dewitte allegedly shut down.
When Beaubrun exited the vehicle he was wearing gray cargo pants, a black shirt, a green traffic vest, a nylon belt with a 9mm gun, two magazines, a taser with two cartridges, pepper spray and handcuffs.
Jean Beaubrun was only seen by the public once he was pulled over and asked to exit his vehicle.
Officer Rogers responded to the scene and searched Beaubrun’s trunk. He found a rifle with 119 rounds of ammunition, two bulletproof vests and a Velcro patch labeled “Police.”
Jean Beaubrun was charged with one count of falsely impersonating a police officer.
However Beaubrun’s defense attorney filed a motion to dismiss.
The defense attorney stated at no time did Beaubrun identify himself as a police officer or wear anything identifying himself as an officer, nor did he detain or attempt to detain a citizen.
Most importantly the public had not seen Jean Beaubrun in his uniform except when he was pulled over by law enforcement.
The State asserted the defendant’s vehicle had “K-9 Officer Enforcement” on the side of his vehicle, a laptop computer mounted on the front console, a K-9 cage and a PAL license plate.
Beaubrun was also driving at a high rate of speed on the shoulder of the highway with the vehicle’s lights activated.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge David Miller granted the motion to dismiss.
An appeals court disagreed with Judge Miller and the 3rd District Court of Appeal reinstated the charges against Beaubrun stating it should be up to a jury to decide his fate.
Thomas Manning Hook was arrested 14 times in Polk County, Florida for impersonating a police officer. Hook had a wallet with a gold Private Investigator badge and “Chief” engraved on it. He claimed he was a Fugitive Recovery Agent.
Hook carried 10 cards which identified him as a law enforcement detective, a member of the clergy and a retired major in the Marine Corps. Hook’s vehicle was equipped with emergency lights.
Thomas Manning Hook didn’t have a Class D and G security license because he was a registered sex offender.
Hook was given 1 year and 3 months in prison for impersonating a police officer. He had previously served 3 years and 5 months in Pinellas County, Florida for failing to re-register as a sex offender.
On November 26, 2019 an Osceola County deputy sheriff saw a man standing in front of black and white Dodge Charger with sirens. The car decals said “Metro-State Special Services.” A nearby motorcycle had the same decals.
The deputy sheriff claimed the man was directing traffic and wearing apparel with the word “Sheriff” on it. The man allegedly lied to the officer and stated he was a sworn law enforcement officer employed with Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
The man was later identified as Yunus Gardee. Gardee was a volunteer with Orange County Sheriff’s Office but he was never a sworn law enforcement officer in Orange County.
A warrant was issued for Gardee’s arrest on December 12, 2019. He was bonded out on December 17, 2019.
On December 23, 2019 attorney Richard Nick Kelley filed a notice of appearance.
On March 16, 2020 Assistant State Attorney Matthew Kozyra decided not to file any charges against Yunus Gardee.
In Jean Beaubrun’s case a judge immediately granted a motion to dismiss because the public had not seen him in his uniform or acting as a law enforcement officer.
Thomas Manning Hook was arrested for the same crime, convicted and sentenced to 1 year and 3 months in prison. Yunus Gardee was assisting Metro-State Special Services and stated he was a law enforcement officer, yet no information was filed against him.
It appears there are inconsistencies in the state of Florida regarding the laws of falsely impersonating a police officer. Each case had similarities and unsurprisingly each case had different outcomes.
However none of the other defendants were seen ordering motorists to pull over or stopping motorists for speeding. The defendants also did not have the damning body camera footage turned State’s evidence that Jeremy Dewitte stored on his office computer for years.
Jeremy Dewitte currently has 10 pending felony cases in the Ninth Judicial Circuit, nine in Orange County. The felony cases include charges of impersonating a police officer, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful interception of wire or oral communication. Each charge is a third degree felony in the state of Florida.
Assistant State Attorney Steven Casey Miller is one of the attorney’s assigned to prosecute Jeremy Dewitte in 2020. Steven Casey Miller also has the bulk of Jeremy Dewitte’s cases.
Miller was admitted to the Florida Bar on September 25, 2013. He’s had no disciplinary actions taken against him since he was admitted.
Steven Casey Miller is assigned to the following Jeremy Dewitte cases:
2020-CF-2039: Falsely impersonating a police officer. Victim: Stephen
2020-CF-1974: Falsely impersonating a police officer. Victim: State of Florida. Co-defendant: Randall Brocius
2020-CF-1853: Unlawful interception of wire or oral communication (2 counts). Victims: Lauren and Gregory
2019-CF-15056: Unlawful interception of wire or oral communication (3 counts). Victim: Heather
2019-CF-15055: Falsely impersonating a police officer and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (2 counts). Victims: Deputy Mohney and his wife
2019-CF-12733: Falsely impersonating a police officer, resisting an officer without violence and reckless driving. Victim: State of Florida
Assistant State Attorney Merrilyn Hoenemeyer is also assigned to two of Jeremy Dewitte’s felony cases. Hoenemeyer was admitted to the Florida Bar on September 21, 2016.
2020-CF-2415: Falsely impersonating a police officer and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Victim: Kevin.
2020-CF-2414: Falsely impersonating a police officer. Victim: Daniel.
John V. Scatuorchio is an associate attorney with The Ladan Law Firm and he has been assigned to Jeremy Dewitte’s false impersonation case in Osceola County. Scatuorchio was admitted to the Florida Bar on May 18, 2018.
Jeremy Dewitte’s current defense attorney is Amir Ladan. Amir Ladan was admitted to the Florida Bar on April 23, 1998, the same year Jeremy Dewitte was arrested for impersonating a police officer and stealing gas from a Mobil gas station.
Amir Ladan has been the Dewitte-Vogt family attorney for years. In a recorded jail call to his wife Rania, Jeremy Dewitte claims Amir has assured him the Windermere case isn’t going to be filed with the State.
In March 2019 Jeremy Dewitte’s ex, Jennifer, sent an email to a supervisor at the State Attorney’s Office. She claimed there was inappropriate behavior between Amir Ladan and assistant state attorney Tatiana Cordner while the case was open.
These accusations were made after Jeremy Dewitte was given a downward departure of 30 days in jail instead of the recommended 5 years in prison after he violated his community control.
Jennifer attached a document showing Amir Ladan and Tatiana Cordner’s online friendship.
It is puzzling why Jeremy Dewitte believed his defense attorney could make his charges go away or why Amir Ladan believed the State wouldn’t move forward with the first police impersonation case.
As of April 4, 2020 Steven Casey Miller, Merrilyn Hoenemeyer and the State of Florida have not offered Jeremy Dewitte a plea deal and his nine felony cases in Orange County are still open.