Fugitive of the Week, Joshua Smith Arrested 24-Hours After Latest Episode of ‘Wheel of Fugitive’
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // December 2, 2016
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Tuesday night’s Wheel of Fugitive winner Joshua Smith knew he was wanted, knew he had made the Wheel of Fugitive array, and even knew he was selected as this week’s “Fugitive of the Week” when he bragged to all his buddies that he had no intention to do the right thing by turning himself in.
Even better, he bragged that he wasn’t going back to jail and would run if Law Enforcement tried to arrest him.
Unfortunately, what Smith didn’t know, was that he would be in the Brevard County Jail before supper time on Wednesday, thanks to an anonymous citizen and our Fugitive Unit who worked together to find Smith a brand new place to call home.
Around noon on Wednesday, our Fugitive Unit received an anonymous tip that Smith was in the North Titusville area possibly working on a construction site. Agents located the area and subsequently observed Smith getting into a vehicle.
Agents then converged on the vehicle and apprehended Smith without incident.
Smith admitted to knowing he was wanted since last week when he found out he was a contestant on the Wheel of Fugitive and that he had no intention of turning himself in. Smith was transported to the Brevard County Jail and is now safe and sound in his new cozy little cell.
When will these Fugitives learn that if you find yourself on the Wheel of Fugitive it’s only a matter of time before you find yourself in Jail? In Brevard County, our citizens partner with us to take criminals off the streets!
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.