High-Tech Operation Locates Elusive Stalker
By Space Coast Daily // August 17, 2012
Police Team With Sheriff's Deputies To Make Arrest
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Some high-tech gadgetry, law enforcement teamwork and determined p0lice work has led to the arrest of an elusive suspect in a Melbourne stalking and burglary case.
Sgt. Sheridan Shelley, Melbourne Police Department spokesman, said that with the help of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit, Melbourne officers were able to bring a man to justice for aggravated stalking and burglary.
Shelley said the Melbourne Police Department received a complaint Friday that Ramon Hogue had sent an ex girlfriend text messages containing threatening comments which put her in fear for her safety.
Hogue then went to the victim’s residence on Pineapple Avenue and broke in, but the victim was able to get out of the home.
Melbourne Police Officers and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit (STAR) responded to look for Hogue, but he could not be found.
Suspecting that Hogue might return to the victim’s home, officers stayed close by to monitor the area.
At about 5 a.m. Friday, Hogue did return.
“Once Hogue was confronted by officers, he fled on foot westbound across US Highway 1,” Shelley said.
The Brevard County Sheriff’s helicopter returned and the air crew was able to watch Hogue as he jumped fences in order to try to evade capture.
“Officers continued to pursue Hogue until he was eventually apprehended by Melbourne Police K-9 DiOGi,” Shelley said.
Hogue was booked at the Melbourne Police Department before being transported to the Brevard County Jail.
K-9 DiOGi was brought to a veterinarian clinic to be treated for heat exhaustion and will make a full recovery.
“This arrest shows the excellent teamwork between the Melbourne Police Department and the Sheriff’s STAR unit,” said Melbourne Police Commander Sean Riordan.