January 5, 2021 8:00 AM EST
On July 27, 2017 Winter Park Police Department was called to a scene involving Jeremy Dewitte’s brother, Dylan Vogt, and an unknown man. According to Dylan Vogt and Jeremy Dewitte who made a 911 call, Vogt was struck with an SUV by the man named Jerome Henin.
Officer Joshua Larson was one of the responding officers and in his offense report he stated Dylan Vogt and Metro-State were conducting a funeral escort from Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home to Glen Haven Memorial Park. Larson claimed Henin was seen on Vogt’s body camera attempting to enter the funeral procession by turning on his hazard lights and cutting into the procession.
The driver could be seen in the video hitting Dylan Vogt multiple times with his SUV. Jerome Henin was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and felony battery.
The hood of Henin’s Range Rover SUV was processed for DNA collection. Three latent lift cards, two swabs, and 67 photographs were entered into evidence.
Ignoring the video footage, Jerome Henin hired Thomas Feiter, an Orlando attorney, and private investigator Billy Lane from a company called Prison Break. Although Billy Lane stated he was an investigator he made an error when he made multiple claims that Dylan Vogt was a convicted felon.
In 2013 Dylan Vogt was lured into a sex sting operation in Kissimmee, Florida. A few weeks after his 20th birthday he was charged with four felonies and two misdemeanors in Osceola County. No action was filed on three of the four felonies. One felony for unlawful use of a two-way communication device and two misdemeanors for possession of marijuana were withheld and a criminal conviction wasn’t entered.
Billy Lane also directed his attention towards Jeremy Dewitte who wasn’t seen in the body camera video and was finishing the funeral escort at the time of the assault. Billy Lane claimed Jeremy Dewitte and Dylan Vogt created an elaborate scheme to hold Jerome Henin for ransom. Lane stated he would have committed similar acts against Dylan Vogt and he didn’t believe Henin was wrong for his behavior.
The charges against Jerome Henin were later dropped and his criminal record was expunged. Two years later Sergeant Keith Vidler from Orange County Sheriff’s Office resurrected the case after he claimed he received a call from Officer Joshua Larson. Vidler stated that during the call Larson seemed confused and was misled by Jeremy Dewitte and Dylan Vogt in 2017. During a deposition in July 2020, Officer Larson said he wasn’t confused and he would make the same arrest today. In 2020 a video surfaced of the encounter between Jerome Henin and Dylan Vogt.
It appears Assistant State Attorney Steven Casey Miller didn’t believe in the strength of the case against Dylan Vogt either because Miller chose not to file on one of the two pending criminal charges against him. On December 31, 2020 Miller filed a Nolle Prosequi for the charge of criminal mischief in favor of Dylan Vogt.
During his investigation Sergeant Keith Vidler sent and received several emails about Dylan Vogt’s case and hundreds of emails about Jeremy Dewitte.
We will discuss those emails and the recipients at a later date.
Jeremy Dewitte’s next court hearing is a pre-trial conference in April 2021. Dylan Vogt’s next court hearing is a pre-trial conference in March 2021.