BUSTED! Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit Shows Sheriff Wayne Ivey How It’s Done
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // July 11, 2018
Fugitive unit has one of the most exciting and dangerous jobs in Law Enforcement
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – I had a blast working with our Fugitive Unit Monday as they traveled throughout Brevard County looking for various fugitives.
This unit has one of the most exciting and dangerous jobs in Law Enforcement as they work each and every day to get Fugitives of our streets and safely behind bars where they can no longer victimize our citizens.
As we started out the day, our first arrest was in the area of Cocoa just off U.S. 1 where we arrested Stephen Charles Gentile for Violation of Drug Offender Probation Reference Possession of Heroin.
As several of us set up a perimeter around the house, we attempted to make contact with Gentile who tried to play hide-and-seek with the wrong crowd, by not answer our very “soft” knocks at his door.
As the team continued to try and get him to answer the door for approximately 15 minutes, he finally realized that we were not going away and asked what we wanted. After some convincing, he finally came to the door and was taken into custody without incident.
Gentile promised us that he was planning to turn himself in that evening but apparently he didn’t realize that we have heard that before as every fugitive who hides inside their house while Deputies are knocking on their door, always tells us the same exact thing.
After giving Gentile a free ride to the Brevard County Jail, we headed to Eau Gallie Boulevard near I-95 to attempt to locate Assante Armand Murray, who was wanted on a felony warrant for Violation of Probation Reference Aggravated Assault.
Once again, the team set up a perimeter around the residence and as a courtesy gave instructions for Murray to exit the residence so he could be taken into custody. Not surprisingly, Murray also had difficulty understanding that when we surround your house we are not going away just because you hide under your bed or in the closet.
The good news is that after a brief period of silence and refusal to answer the door, Murray got his Mom on the phone and apparently got permission to come outside and play. Murray was taken into custody without incident and was subsequently transported to the Brevard County Jail.
So the moral of today’s story is when you have a warrant for your arrest and you hear the Fugitive Unit knocking on your door, just go ahead and give up cause we already know you are in the house and we are not going away empty-handed.
I had an awesome time working with our Fugitive Unit (who obviously we can’t show their faces) and am so proud of them and all of our agency members for everything they do to protect our community.
Thanks for letting me tag along with what I believe is the best Fugitive Unit in the country!
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey
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