Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit Arrests Audubon Elementary School Threat Suspect
By Space Coast Daily // April 28, 2016
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit located and arrested 30-year-old Dwan Jerome Thomas III of Rockledge at a residence in Port St. John at 7:30 on Thursday night.
On Thursday, at approximately 8:29 a.m., a threat of violence was made to Audubon Elementary School located at 1201 N. Banana River Drive in Merritt Island.
The school was immediately placed in a precautionary lockdown while the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office coordinated efforts to locate and arrest Thomas.
According to Cpl. John Martinez of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Thomas was located through investigative leads developed throughout the course of the day and taken into custody without incident.
Thomas was transported to the County Jail Complex under a No Bond status with the following charges:
• Aggravated Stalking Domestic Violence, Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, DWLS, Reckless Driving, Violation of Community Control reference Felony Battery, and Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding.
Additional charges are pending relating to the school threats made today.
“I am very proud of the entire Brevard Public School team who were incredible today,” said Sheriff Wayne Ivey.
“Dr. Blackburn, his staff and the Audubon team ensured the children were safe and calm during the lockdown. I would also like to commend the parents and guardians who were calm and assisted the school’s staff and our Deputies to effectively check out and pick up the children without impacting the security protocols.
“Lastly, I can’t say enough about our East Precinct Deputies and Fugitive Team who immediately secured the school, located the suspect and put him behind bars, where he belongs!”
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ABOVE MAP: Audubon Elementary School is located at 1201 North Banana River Drive in Merritt Island.