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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 Warrant

December 1, 2020 11:30 PM EST

On Friday November 13, 2020 a warrant was issued for Jeremy Dewitte’s arrest for a misdemeanor simple battery charge in a domestic violence case.

Detective Bradley Smith from Orlando Police Department believed he had probable cause for the arrest of Jeremy Dewitte after a complaint was filed. The victim claimed a former Metro-State Special Services contractor named Whitney Tools-Nickols attempted to strike her and made threats towards her with Jeremy Dewitte’s ex-girlfriend Jessica Bolden. Jeremy Dewitte was present during this exchange.

In a recorded interview with Detective Smith, Jeremy Dewitte stated Whitney Tools-Nickols was the instigator in the situation and acting on behalf of his ex-girlfriend Jessica Bolden. Jeremy Dewitte claimed he tried to protect the victim from Tools-Nickols.

Although the victim made the complaint against Whitney Tools-Nickols and Jessica Bolden and didn’t name Jeremy Dewitte, he was questioned about his actions during the incident and an arrest warrant was created.

The victim went to Amir Ladan’s office and signed a declination of prosecution affidavit stating she never wanted to press charges against Jeremy Dewitte. Amir Ladan is Jeremy Dewitte’s defense attorney for all of his police impersonation cases. The victim contacted the State Attorney’s Office and said she wouldn’t participate in the prosecution of Jeremy Dewitte.

The victim said days after this incident she was followed from her place of employment for over 10 minutes by Whitney Tools-Nickols and Jessica Bolden who were in separate vehicles. She stated the two women tried to hit her car, drove on the wrong side of the road at times and ran red lights to chase her in and out of the city of Orlando. She claimed at least one of the women had a handgun during the 911 call which lasted during the chase. The victim was granted temporary injunctions against Whitney Tools-Nickols and Jessica Bolden, signed by Judge Jeffrey L. Ashton.

Jessica Bolden’s hearing was continued and Whitney Tools-Nickols has yet to be served despite efforts by multiple agencies to locate her in the counties of Orange, Osceola and Seminole. The temporary injunctions against Bolden and Tools-Nickols are still active.

The victim claims she contacted Detective Bradley Smith because she didn’t understand why Jeremy Dewitte was being targeted by Orlando Police Department. “I asked why he was being singled out when two people tried to run me off of the road with weapons and they could have killed me or someone else who wasn’t involved.”

It wasn’t the first time Jessica Bolden was accused of maliciously using her vehicle. In a recorded interview with Corporal John Ramsey in October 2019, Jeremy Dewitte and Ramsey discussed an altercation between Dewitte’s wife, Rania, and Jessica Bolden. According to Jeremy Dewitte, his wife’s vehicle was struck and damaged by Jessica Bolden multiple times in 2019.

Detective Bradley Smith asked the victim to identify Whitney Tools-Nickols and Jessica Bolden in a follow-up email.

During this time a warrant was released for Jeremy Dewitte’s arrest. The victim contacted Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and asked an agent to speak to Orlando Police Department about the direction of the case and the warrant that was issued for Dewitte but not for Whitney Tools-Nickols and Jessica Bolden. The victim claimed she was guided to Orlando Police Department by 911 dispatch because there were I.R.I.S police cameras in the area. The cameras were able to capture the suspects chasing the victim. On November 24, 2020 Orlando Police Department filed stalking charges against Whitney Tools-Nickols and Jessica Bolden.

Stalking in the state of Florida is considered a first degree misdemeanor when a person repeatedly and maliciously follows or harasses another person. It is punishable by up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine. It is considered a third degree felony when a person repeatedly and maliciously follows another person and makes a credible threat towards that person with the intent to cause fear of death or bodily harm. It is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Jeremy Dewitte turned himself in on November 29, 2020. His initial appearance was the following morning at 9:00 AM EST. Judge Amy J. Carter announced the State Attorney’s Office decided not to pursue the charges and the case was dropped before his hearing. Dewitte’s defense attorney Amir Ladan emphasized the errors in assigning the case as domestic violence. The victim and Jeremy Dewitte never lived together and were never married.

Amir Ladan went on to say he felt it was an attempt by law enforcement to manipulate the information and another way to have Jeremy Dewitte’s bonds revoked from his police impersonation arrests. The victim thanked the judge for choosing not to move forward with revoking Jeremy Dewitte’s bonds.

Jeremy Dewitte was released at 2:00 PM EST on the day of his hearing. Despite turning himself in on November 29 and attending his first appearance on November 30, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office arrived at his front door later that evening. The sheriff’s office claimed the warrant was still active in their system.

In the end Osceola County Sheriff’s Office admitted there was an error on their end and a deputy sheriff apologized for the mistake.

In today’s video there is a clip of the 911 call between the victim, a dispatcher and an Orlando Police Department officer during the alleged stalking chase. Jeremy Dewitte’s initial appearance at Orange County jail is also included, as well as exclusive footage of Osceola County deputies attempting to locate Dewitte at his home to arrest him for the warrant that was no longer valid.

The Dr. Phil Show

November 13, 2020 12:00 AM EST

On September 28, 2020 a producer from The Dr. Phil Show contacted Jeremy Dewitte and asked him if he would like the opportunity to tell his side of the story on national television regarding his police impersonation cases in Orlando, Florida.

JeremyDewitteCase.com was also contacted by The Dr. Phil Show. According to a producer, this website showed a different side of the story and was the reason they wanted to hear Jeremy Dewitte’s version of events.

YouTube’s Real World Police was contacted as well. A producer stated they made several attempts to have a phone conversation with Jay Horowitz who operates the channel but they were dodged and communication only occurred via Twitter and email. The producer claimed the channel owner was worried about lawsuits against him.

The producer stated there were other channels and blogs the show was considering to bring on to replace Real World Police in the event they refused to appear on the show.

Ultimately after multiple emails, extensive phone calls and video messages regarding COVID-19 testing, topics that would be discussed, fees and accommodations, Jeremy Dewitte and his defense attorney Amir Ladan signed the appropriate release forms to appear on Dr. Phil’s show in Los Angeles, California.

Days before his flight to California, Jeremy Dewitte’s “Motor One” motorcycle was picked up by an auto transport company in Orlando and delivered to Los Angeles by the show. Dewitte and Amir Ladan were also required to produce negative COVID-19 results prior to boarding their flights.

On October 29, 2020 Dr. Phil’s show sent a videographer to Orlando, Florida to take B-roll footage of Jeremy Dewitte while he discussed Metro-State Special Services, showcased his fleet of vehicles and rode his motorcycle in the city. The motorcycle ride was cut short because unmarked Orange County Sheriff’s Office vehicles were directly behind Dewitte during the shoot.

On November 1, 2020 Jeremy Dewitte flew to Los Angeles, California to begin the four-day filming process.

Jeremy Dewitte was tested two more times for COVID-19 in California at Hollywood Urgent Care. During his first day of filming he was interviewed at The Loft by a segment producer for the show while Amir Ladan joined in virtually from his Los Angeles hotel room due to COVID-19 restrictions at the location.

On his second day of filming Jeremy Dewitte was given a polygraph examination using the Empirical Scoring System, Multinomial (ESS-M). Jeremy Dewitte volunteered for the test and was never asked to take the exam by the show.

Prior to his examination the producers for The Dr. Phil Show stated the questions would cover the time period of 2011 to 2020.

In Part Two of this post we will discuss the types of questions but not the specific questions that were asked, the polygraph examiner’s background and why Jeremy Dewitte volunteered for the exam, while being mindful that the episode has yet to air and certain topics will not be discussed until this occurs.

Producers for the show agreed to bring security expert John Stirn on the stage. Stirn is the owner of the lucrative company Southwest Patrol in Los Angeles, California. John Stirn started Southwest Patrol in 1994. He has contracts with several businesses in the area and provides security detail for the Los Angeles Lakers.

After he met Jeremy Dewitte in person John Stirn stated his opinions about Dewitte changed and he could see the harassment and corruption from the police departments.

The show reached out to Windermere Police Department, Orlando Police Department and Orange County Sheriff’s Office several times and according to the producers they received generic responses from the agencies.

The producers claimed Real World Police refused to make an appearance and in lieu of Jay Horowitz they chose a YouTuber with the channel name of Blue Bacon to join the stage.

During his pre-interview the YouTuber Blue Bacon claimed he knew Jeremy Dewitte was impersonating police despite giving Dewitte a neutral interview several months before and stating he wanted to help Metro-State Special Services at the time.

Dr. Phil and Jeremy Dewitte confronted the YouTuber about his new attitude towards Metro-State and Jeremy Dewitte. When confronted Blue Bacon allegedly backed down and recanted his accusatory statements. During a commercial break Dr. Phil asked the producers to politely remove Blue Bacon from the stage.

Dr. Phil, Jeremy Dewitte and Amir Ladan continued to discuss Jeremy Dewitte’s and Dr. Phil’s love for motorcycles, Dewitte’s pending felony cases and Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Dr. Phil expressed he didn’t believe Dewitte belonged in prison and he didn’t believe any prison time was necessary or helpful.

Because the show has yet to air we cannot go into deeper detail about what occurred onstage or behind the scenes at this time. In Part Two of this post we will discuss the polygraph examination. Once the show airs we will be able to release more information about the filming process.

The Missing Files Part I

On September 16, 2019 Jeremy Dewitte and Deputy Sheriff Todd Mohney contacted 911 in reference to an incident which occurred between the two.

Mohney claimed Jeremy Dewitte attempted to pull him over and impersonate a police officer while driving erratically during a funeral procession. Dewitte claimed Todd Mohney hit him with his vehicle and refused to leave the funeral procession.

Orlando Police Department arrived at Blue Jacket Park and defused the situation. Sergeant Keith Vidler from Orange County Sheriff’s Office also arrived on the scene and detained Metro-State Special Services employees Victor Lopez, Steven Negron and Randall Brocius.

Lopez and Negron were released but Brocius was arrested for openly carrying a weapon.

On the scene Sergeant Vidler spoke to Jeremy Dewitte about a run-in he had with another Metro-State Special Services employee with the callsign of “Repo.” Vidler stated Repo almost ran him off of the road in Lake County, Florida.

We had the opportunity to speak to Repo as he explained his side of the story in an interview we conducted this week.

After the arrest of Randall Brocius, Jeremy Dewitte hired an attorney and filed a complaint with Orange County Sheriff’s Office against Todd Mohney.

A USB flash drive contained hours of video, including the Lake County incident, a separate encounter with Sergeant Keith Vidler during a funeral procession, video surveillance of Sergeant Keith Vidler allegedly attempting to open a locked window at Metro-State’s former headquarters and the extended version of the exchange between Mohney and Dewitte.

According to a source from Metro-State Special Services, the flash drive was given to someone the company believed to be from Professional Standards. Instead the flash drive was allegedly given to Sergeant Keith Vidler, Corporal John Ramsey and Deputy Waesco during an interview. The complaint was not investigated by Professional Standards.

The flash drive is no longer available.

Windermere Police Department claimed they also lost helmet camera video files from the day of Jeremy Dewitte’s September arrest.

After Corporal John Ramsey and Sergeant Keith Vidler conducted a search of a previous Metro-State office location in October 2019, there have been claims of missing surveillance footage taken during the search.

The source also provided text messages between Sergeant Keith Vidler and Jeremy Dewitte who texted one another from September 2019 until March 2020.

In October 2019 Sergeant Vidler set up a surveillance operation of Metro-State Special Services and Jeremy Dewitte. During the surveillance Sergeant Vidler spoke to himself and possibly one other person as he watched a funeral procession pass by.

On August 31, 2020, Rachel Mattie, defense attorney for Randall Brocius, filed a motion in limine. She claimed Sergeant Keith Vidler’s narrative was prejudicial.

A hearing has been set and it is up to Judge Renee Roche to make the final decision.

On September 9, 2020, Dylan Vogt’s defense attorney, Michael Barber, withdrew as counsel stating there was a conflict of interest.

Jeremy Dewitte’s next court date is November 10, 2020 for a pre-trial conference.

And in July 2020, 10 months after the case began, Jeremy Dewitte’s daughter was born.

The Traffic Stop

On September 7, 2019 Jeremy Dewitte was arrested in Windermere, Florida for allegedly impersonating a police officer.

The arresting officer was Jerrell Ogletree and his supervisor was Sergeant Mark DeStefano. In his report Officer Ogletree said he observed a black and gray motorcycle with multicolored lights, air horn and sirens activated during a funeral procession.

Ogletree stated the motorcycle passed his patrol vehicle and passed over a double yellow line while traveling in the same lane as the vehicle in the procession.

Officer Ogletree activated his emergency equipment and conducted a traffic stop at McKinnon Road and Lake Butler Boulevard.

While conducting the traffic stop Jeremy Dewitte’s Florida tag came back as a HIT for a stolen vehicle. Dewitte was placed in handcuffs and detained during the investigation.

Ogletree said Jeremy Dewitte had to be redirected several times during the search and Dewitte used his communication device that was attached to his helmet to yell for backup.

Jeremy Dewitte was disarmed and placed in the back of Ogletree’s patrol vehicle. In his report Officer Ogletree claimed Dewitte was wearing apparel and gear similar to law enforcement.

Sergeant DeStefano said he believed Jeremy Dewitte was a member of law enforcement as he approached him and he saw the lights on the motorcycle were flashing.

DeStefano claimed he was familiar with Jeremy Dewitte and saw him blocking the intersection. Sergeant DeStefano gave Winter Garden Police Department Dewitte’s Florida tag number and Winter Garden Police dispatch advised the motorcycle was stolen out of Orlando Police Department.

DeStefano said after he secured Jeremy Dewitte, Dewitte yelled and pulled away from him. The motorcycle was found not to be stolen and properly registered to Metro-State Special Services and Jeremy Dewitte.

Sergeant Mark DeStefano felt Jeremy Dewitte was presenting himself as a law enforcement officer.

DeStefano provided a supplemental report two days after the arrest at 2:01 AM.

In the report Sergeant DeStefano stated he observed flashing lights on Jeremy Dewitte’s motorcycle. For the first time he said he could hear the sound of an air horn. Mark DeStefano claimed he visually estimated the speed of the motorcycle and he believed Dewitte was traveling at 70-80 mph.

DeStefano said he was radar certified and had been since 1982.

Officer Jerrell Ogletree also provided a supplemental report to add more details after he reviewed body worn camera footage and footage from surveillance cameras.

Ogletree emphasized Jeremy Dewitte’s use of police codes and Florida statutes.

Officer Jeffrey Czwornog, Officer Ryan Miller and Trainee Officer Tuck were at the scene as well.

Both Czwornog and Miller claimed they mistakenly believed Metro-State Special Services was Ocoee Police Department and Florida Highway Patrol when they first arrived for back up.

Officer Czwornog stated there were several Metro-State vehicles on scene and he was advised by Sergeant DeStefano to ask the Metro-State employees to leave the scene.

Czwornog said Dewitte was “in handcuffs and irate.” According to Officer Czwornog, Jeremy Dewitte stated he was recording the events.

Czwornog verified Jeremy Dewitte’s motorcycle VIN and provided the information to dispatch who then verified it was a Kawasaki motorcycle registered to Metro-State Special Services and Jeremy Dewitte.

Officer Czwornog said he spoke to Dewitte and told him he was being arrested for resisting. Officer Czwornog also claimed a tow truck driver from Car Store Towing Company thought Dewitte’s motorcycle was a police motorcycle. The tow truck driver allegedly said if he saw the vehicle on the road with its lights on he would, “Get out of the way.”

Neither incident was shown in body worn camera footage.

When Officer Ryan Miller arrived he advised Officer Jerrell Ogletree to place Jeremy Dewitte into his patrol vehicle after Dewitte “began to yell and became irate.”

Officer Miller stated he noticed Dewitte was wearing apparel and equipment similar to law enforcement.

Jeremy Dewitte was charged with resisting arrest without violence, unlawful use of a two-way communication device and falsely impersonating a police officer.

Assistant State Attorney Steven Casey Miller later dropped the unlawful use of a two-way communication device charge and added one reckless driving charge.

During the September 7, 2019 incident former Metro-State Special Services employee Steven Negron recorded the beginning of the encounter with Windermere Police Department with his dash camera.

In the video below Steven Negron is driving a vehicle during the procession. Jeremy Dewitte can be seen in the video on a motorcycle, as well as Sergeant Mark DeStefano in his patrol vehicle. Jeremy Dewitte also made a jail call to Steven Negron after the arrest.

We had a chance to speak to someone from Metro-State Special Services. The person wanted to speak about those who turned on the company, those who stayed with the company and those who are helping the company. The person chose to remain anonymous.

We’ve been followed by helicopters. That’s confirmed by Orange County Sheriff’s Office. We have been under surveillance.
A lot of what’s being said and seen is taken out of context. We don’t watch the videos. Someone was hired to watch them for us. When the deputy sheriffs and detectives are asking you questions they aren’t asking you the same things on the tape and off the tape. They’re talking to you and getting you mad off the tape and telling you what someone said but it’s a lie. They just want you mad. Then they hit record and you’re saying things you don’t mean because you’re upset. The cops did this with everybody and the people who weren’t strong enough flipped. We compared notes and it was just a bunch of lies to get us to hate each other. There were apologies and we moved on.

Metro-State Special Services

We will upload interviews with some of the employees from Metro-State Special Services at a later date.