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The Hit-and-Run III

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.

The Name Game

“The Name Game” was a song released in 1964 by an artist named Shirley Ellis. 

“The Name Game” was a fun pop hit which focused on rhyming different names and fake phrases. 

Jeremy Dewitte also had an interest in interchangeable names and pseudonyms.

  • Metro-State Emergency Services Unit, LLC
  • Metro State Protection Agency, LLC
  • Metro-State Services, LLC
  • Metro-State Emergency Medical Services
  • Metro-State Special Services Vehicle Protection Unit
  • Metro State Enforcement Agency

These were business names listed on legal documents pertaining to the company Metro-State. Metro State Protection Agency, LLC was filed as a registered business on February 26, 2016 by Leanda McMurty.

Leanda is reportedly Jeremy Dewitte’s relative.

A dissolution of this company was filed on September 22, 2017.

On February 6, 2019 Jeremy Dewitte’s ex, Jennifer, contacted Detective Michael Mastrangelo and Crystal Beatty who was employed at the Orange County EMS Office of the Medical Director. 

According to court documents and emails Jennifer told them Jeremy Dewitte’s businesses had never been registered.

On February 15, 2019 Metro-State employee Jessica Bolden filed two businesses with the state of Florida. One of those businesses was called Metro-State Emergency Services Unit, LLC and the other was called Metro-State Services, LLC.

The effective date for both companies was February 15, 2019.

On February 15, 2019 Jeremy Dewitte also filed a business with the state of Florida called Metro-State Special Services Vehicle Protection Unit, LLC.

Jeremy Dewitte used the alias “Jermy Dewiit” when he filed the paperwork. This should not be confused with the name he used on his commercial rental agreement, which was Jermy Dewit with one “i.”

His electronic signature was changed to “Jermy Dweiit.” As it was stated on the paperwork, submitting false documentation was a third degree felony in the state of Florida.

According to law enforcement Jessica Bolden was dating Jeremy Dewitte. On November 1, 2019 Jessica filed two voluntary dissolutions for Metro-State Emergency Services Unit, LLC and Metro-State Services, LLC.

Jessica listed two separate reasons for the dissolutions. “Decided not to pursue the business” was one reason. “I didn’t authorize this” was the second reason.

This was confusing because Jeremy Dewitte and Metro-State made a popular cameo appearance on a WWE episode just a week or so before Jessica Bolden claimed she no longer wanted to pursue the business.

It was also confusing because Jessica Bolden claimed she didn’t authorize her signature, yet as of March 19, 2020 no criminal charges had been brought against Jeremy Dewitte for fraud or identity theft.

It is interesting to note Jeremy Dewitte was arrested for a second time on October 30, 2019 and he was released after openly speaking about his wife Rania Dewitte’s miscarriages.

Jessica Bolden filed her voluntary dissolutions on November 1, 2019, two days later. And on February 20, 2020, nine days after Jeremy Dewitte’s fourth felony arrest, Jessica Bolden was evicted from her Lakeland apartment.

Jeremy Dewitte’s Metro-State Special Services Vehicle Protection Unit, LLC is the only active business that is still standing. 

The Brothers

Jeremy Charles Dewitte and his younger brother Dylan Kent Vogt are chronologically years apart but appear to be closer in their alleged criminal behavior.

Both brothers have felony arrests on their record and both brothers have faced charges regarding criminal sexual contact with minors. The brothers own and maintain a business called Metro-State Special Services which has been at the center of controversy for years in Central Florida.

On February 16, 2020, just five months after finishing four years of probation Dylan Vogt was arrested and charged with falsely impersonating an officer and criminal mischief. Both charges were 3rd degree felonies in the state of Florida and punishable by up to 5 years in prison for each charge. Dylan’s brother, Jeremy Dewitte, was also charged for impersonating a police officer.

On July 27, 2017 Dylan Vogt and Jeremy Dewitte were conducting a funeral escort for Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home. It is interesting to note Baldwin Fairchild is a funeral home which frequently used the services of Metro-State.

It’s alleged Jeremy Dewitte and Dylan Vogt impersonated law enforcement on that day and Dylan caused damage to a motorist’s vehicle by repeatedly hitting the hood of the luxury vehicle with his fist. 

In the summer of 2017 Dylan Vogt claimed he jumped off of his motorcycle, raised his hand and ordered the motorist to stop. Vogt repeatedly shouted at the motorist.

Dylan Vogt stated the motorist drove forward to strike him and Dylan had to step back so he would not be hit.

Jeremy Dewitte would later make similar claims in 2019 regarding a separate incident with an off-duty deputy who allegedly hit him with his vehicle. In 2019 Jeremy Dewitte also claimed he had to step back in order not to be hit by a moving vehicle.

According to court documents Dylan Vogt and Jeremy Dewitte falsely accused the motorist, Jerome, of striking Dylan with his vehicle and driving away in 2017.

The Winter Park Officer who arrived, Officer Joshua Larson, was under the false impression Dylan and Jeremy were police officers, and Officer Larson believed Dylan was the victim of a hit-and-run.

Years later Officer Larson, who now works for Orlando Police Department, admitted his agency didn’t properly investigate Metro State Vehicle Protection Unit as it was called back in 2017.

These false allegations resulted in Jerome being arrested and charged for aggravated assault and battery on July 27, 2017. The charges were later dismissed.

Dylan Vogt filed a lawsuit against Jerome, a wealthy real estate investor. It is unclear when Dylan was made aware of Jerome’s assets. Jerome retained attorney Scott R. Rost of South Milhausen P.A. and countersued. The civil case is still pending.

It was later revealed that during this 2017 incident Dylan Vogt was wearing a body camera which was entered as evidence by Winter Park Police Department. The video showed Dylan acting outside of the scope of Florida State Statute 3 1 6. 1 9 7 4.

It also did not show the crimes Jerome was being accused of. To add more weight to the story, Jerome kept photos of Jeremy Dewitte from the 2017 incident as Jeremy allegedly approached his vehicle and threatened him.

After Jeremy Dewitte’s fall 2019 arrests appeared on local news stations contact was made between Jerome’s attorney and Sergeant Keith Vidler of Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the same Sergeant Vidler mentioned in Jeremy Dewitte’s phone call with employees of the State Attorney’s Office. 

Sergeant Keith Vidler and Corporal John Ramsey met with Jerome and Scott Rost on December 5, 2019.

During their interview with Jerome he stated he was confused because he didn’t know if Dylan Vogt was actually a member of law enforcement.

According to Jerome, Dylan Vogt became erratic and hit his vehicle multiple times with a closed fist. It was at this point Jerome knew Dylan wasn’t a real police officer.

Jerome attempted to get away from Dylan Vogt but he was later cornered by Jeremy Dewitte who followed him on his motorcycle. Jerome stated Jeremy Dewitte yelled and cursed at him and threatened him, stating:

No one touches one of my law enforcement officers

Jeremy Charles Dewitte

Jerome tried to call 911 but in a panic he kept dialing the number one which went to his office. 

The bond between siblings can be very powerful particularly when they grow up in the same household. The bond is important during the adolescent years as well as adulthood. 

The relationship between brothers is usually the longest relationship of their life. It is impenetrable and separation can be devastating.

The problems occur when the siblings no longer see each other as individuals but as a whole. Independence is lost and entanglement is encouraged.

Typically sibling rivalry occurs the most between brothers but this didn’t appear to be the case for Jeremy Dewitte and Dylan Vogt.

They appeared to be a tag team who became enmeshed with one another and created a separate world just for them called Metro-State Special Services.

The Cases

After speaking to Lauren Frasure and Gregory Vasturino from the State Attorney’s Office on October 1, 2019, Jeremy Dewitte was arrested shortly thereafter.

His second arrest would occur in the latter part of October 2019 and he was again charged with impersonating a police officer as well as two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

This particular arrest sparked more media attention and Jeremy Dewitte’s life began to have a spotlight placed on it. During his in-jail arraignment Jeremy appeared to cry and stated his wife recently had a miscarriage.

Seemingly sympathetic the female judge allowed Jeremy Dewitte to post bond. It seemed as if the holidays would be a quiet time for Metro-State Special Services.

However Jeremy Dewitte was arrested for a third and final time, at least in the year 2019. In November he was charged with one count of falsely personating a police officer. This case was filed in Osceola County.

In 2020 Jeremy Dewitte would again face multiple charges, many of which we will get into in separate posts.

For now it’s interesting to look at the number of cases and the number of individual charges Jeremy Dewitte is facing for crimes as recent as 2019 and as distant as 2017.

In Orange County Jeremy Dewitte currently has nine felony cases open and active. In Osceola County he has one case open for falsely personating a police officer.

Case number 2019–CF-12733-A-O

  • Date of offense: 09/07/2019
  • Dated filed: 11/13/2019
  • Charges: Falsely personating a police officer (3rd degree felony), resisting officer without violence (1st degree misdemeanor), reckless driving (2nd degree misdemeanor)

Case number 2019-CF-015055-A-O

  • Date of offense: 09/16/2019
  • Date filed: 01/29/2020
  • Charges: Falsely personating a police officer (3rd degree felony), aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (3rd degree felony), aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (3rd degree felony)

Case number 2019-CF-015056-A-O

  • Date of offense: 09/26/2019
  • Date filed: 01/13/2020
  • Charges: Unlawful interception of wire or oral communication (3rd degree felony), unlawful interception of wire or oral communication (3rd degree felony), unlawful interception of wire or oral communication (3rd degree felony), falsely personating a police officer (3rd degree felony)

Case number 2020-CF-001553-A-O

  • Date of offense: 10/01/2019
  • Date filed: 02/10/2020
  • Charges: Unlawful interception of wire or oral communication (3rd degree felony), unlawful interception of wire or oral communication (3rd degree felony)

Case number 2020-CF-001974-B-O

  • Date of offense: 10/12/2019
  • Date filed: 02/12/2020
  • Charges: Falsely personating a police officer (3rd degree felony)

Case number 2020-001977-A-O

  • Date of offense: 07/27/2017
  • Date filed: 02/12/2020
  • Charges: Falsely personating a police officer (3rd degree felony)

Case number 2020-CF-002039-A-O

  • Date of offense: 09/02/2019
  • Date filed: 02/13/2020
  • Charges: Falsely personating a police officer (3rd degree felony)

Case number 2020-CF-002415-A-O

  • Date of offense: 02/01/2018
  • Date filed: 02/21/2020
  • Charges: Falsely personating a police officer (3rd degree felony), aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (3rd degree felony)

Case number 2019-CF-003928 (Osceola)

  • Date of offense: 11/15/2019
  • Date filed: 01/02/2020
  • Charges: Falsely personating a police officer (3rd degree felony)

Jeremy Dewitte was given a court date notification today, March 16, 2020. He has a mandatory court appearance for misrepresentation of insurance which occurred on March 14, 2020.

Misrepresentation of insurance is a first degree misdemeanor in the state of Florida. It appears even when he isn’t behind bars the state of Florida is keeping a close watch on Jeremy Dewitte.

The Storm

I’m known as the biggest piece of shit in Orange County.

Jeremy Charles Dewitte

Those were the first words Jeremy Dewitte allegedly spoke to Lauren Frasure on October 1, 2019.

Lauren Frasure is a Crime Analyst employed by the State Attorney’s Office. A receptionist asked for Frasure’s help because a man was on hold and he wanted to make a complaint against Orange County Sheriff’s Office. The man on the line was Jeremy Dewitte.

After Jeremy explained he was a sex offender and after he tried to explain the series of events that led to his registration status, he then went on to say why he initially called.

Jeremy Dewitte claimed he was being harassed by Orange County Sheriff’s Office and this never occurred when Sheriff Jerry Demings was in office.

According to court documents Jeremy said this all began when John Mina, former Police Chief of Orlando Police Department, became the Sheriff of Orange County.

Jerry Demings, who is now the Mayor of Orange County, has been referenced several times by Jeremy Dewitte. Mayor Demings has never commented on the story.

Lauren Frasure said she would place Jeremy Dewitte on speakerphone and bring an investigator on the line. Gregory Vasturino is a Deputy Chief Investigator and a sworn law enforcement officer.

Jeremy told Vasturino he wanted to make a complaint against Orange County Sheriff’s Office. He immediately let Vasturino know he was a sex offender and he owned Metro-State Special Services for 10 years.

Jeremy Dewitte said he had been harassed by deputy sheriffs and his employees had been threatened with arrests. Vasturino asked if Jeremy had any open cases against him to which Jeremy Dewitte said no. 

Jeremy went on to say Sergeant Keith Vidler was the one targeting him and Jeremy Dewitte claimed OCSO was trying to shut down his business. As he often did Jeremy referenced a statute and stated what he was doing was legal.

Jeremy Dewitte also claimed on September 16, 2019, three days after his interview with Detective John Allen in Windermere, he had been struck with a vehicle driven by an off-duty deputy sheriff and threatened with arrest. Orlando Police Department responded to that call. 

Vasturino told Jeremy Dewitte to make a complaint to Internal Affairs and Jeremy claimed he had but he wasn’t happy with the resolution. Vasturino told him if there was an ongoing investigation he couldn’t speak to him.

Unbeknownst to Gregory Vasturino and Lauren Frasure the entire call was being recorded by Jeremy Dewitte.

After ending the call and without having the knowledge the entire conversation was recorded, Lauren Frasure revealed to Gregory Vasturino that Jeremy Dewitte was a defendant in Orange County case number 19-CF-012733-O and the charges were impersonating a police officer, unlawful use of a two-way communicator and resisting an officer.

Jeremy Dewitte was arrested 3 weeks after the call for another police impersonation charge.