Homeless Man Arrested By Brevard Sheriff’s Office After Finding Man Was Harboring An 11-Year-Old Girl

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John Martin Kelly III, 65, Arrested

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 65-year-old John Martin Kelly III after he was found harboring an 11-year-old girl runaway early Wednesday morning. (BCSO Image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 65-year-old John Martin Kelly III after he was found harboring an 11-year-old girl runaway early Wednesday morning.

Authorities say Kelly was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he was located at a convenience store in the City of Melbourne.

The suspect was charged with Interference with Child Custody and is being held at the Brevard County Jail on a $2,000 Bond.

“The investigation started this morning after the child’s guardian reported her missing from her home in Melbourne,” said Tod Goodyear of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

“The child was last seen at the residence at approximately 2 a.m. and the investigation determined the child had encountered Kelly in the area of the Northgate Shopping Plaza off Wickham Road.”

Investigators say the child told Kelly that she was running away from home, subsequently, Kelly bought food for the girl and offered to let her stay with him in his van where he lived.

The suspect told the child that he would not contact law enforcement or her family and drove the child to a wooded area in Melbourne where the girl later ran from after Kelly fell asleep.

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The child was found at 9 a.m. walking along Wickham Road, just south of Lake Washington Road, by a citizen who recognized the child from a social media post.

The girl was safely returned to her family.

Anyone who may have information about this investigation is asked to please call Agent Stacie Moore of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Special Victims Unit, at 321-633- 8419 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).

All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential and the caller may remain anonymous.

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