Two Brevard County Citizens Assist Deputy With Arrest of Suspect
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // December 5, 2015
suspect charged with multiple criminal violations
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — I am always proud to bring the outstanding actions by our Deputies to your attention, but today I am very pleased to bring the incredible actions of our citizens to your attention.
There is no doubt that one of the most significant reasons your Sheriff’s Office is so successful, is due to the support of our citizens. It is through your trust and confidence in us that allows us serve you.
In this particular incident, two citizens dropped everything in their everyday lives to assist us in apprehending a suspect who was discharging a firearm in public.
The citizens, Mr. Erin Troxel and Mr. Troy Yates, are local business operators in the Port St. John area who witnessed the event and involved themselves to help Corporal Chaston Williams locate, identify and apprehend the suspect who had fled upon arrival of Deputy.
As Mr. Troxel maintained a visual of the suspect, he directed the subject’s actions to our Communications Center. Mr. Yates observed the suspect fleeing from our Deputy and followed along behind to assist Corporal Williams if needed.
As the Deputy chased the suspect, he was engaged as he attempted to scale a fence behind a business, where Mr. Yates assisted Corporal Williams pull the suspect from the fence and safely detain him.
Once the suspect was arrested, Mr. Yates then ran back to the the location where the suspect had thrown the firearm before trying to climb the fence. He then stood by the evidence until backup Deputies arrived.
The suspect was charged with multiple criminal violations to include, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
From a safety standpoint, we don’t encourage citizens to actively engage the apprehension of a dangerous suspect, but knowing our citizens have our back brought a tremendous feeling of pride to me and our entire Sheriff’s Office.
Mr. Troxel and Mr. Yates are just two of the very many heroes who are part of our great community, and one the reasons why Brevard County is such a wonderful place to live, work and raise our families.
It was recently my pleasure to recognize both of them for their heroic actions.
Please join me in thanking Erin Troxel, Troy Yates, Corporal Chaston Williams and everyone who helps us everyday to keep Brevard County safe.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.
Prior to being elected in 2012, Sheriff Ivey served the citizens of the State of Florida as a Resident Agent in Charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. As a member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sheriff Ivey developed and created the country’s first ever statewide Task Force on Identity Theft. That same year the Task Force was named one of the top five most innovative programs in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and investigated approximately 44 million dollars in fraud cases. Additionally, as a member of FDLE, Sheriff Ivey created the Child Abduction Response Team (C.A.R.T) that re-defined the way Child Abduction cases are conducted throughout the country today. The program was later selected as the most innovative program in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is now used as a nationwide model in the response and investigation of child abductions.
Sheriff Ivey has testified before the United States Congress on law enforcement related matters and has extensive experience in the area of Public Integrity Investigations. Sheriff Ivey was honored as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Special Agent of the Year (1996) and was also recognized by the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for his Outstanding Contributions to Criminal Justice. In August of 2011 Sheriff Ivey was honored by the National Organization of Victims Advocacy for his work at the national level as an advocate of victim’s rights and protection.
Sheriff Ivey speaks regularly on topics such as Identity Theft, Crime in America, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Self Defense through Mental Preparedness. Sheriff Ivey firmly believes that Crime Prevention and Education are vital to reduce our crime rate and protect our community.