Anonymous Tip Helps BCSO Deputies Arrest ‘Wheel of Fugitive’ Suspect in West Melbourne
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard Sheriff // March 25, 2021
Suspect on 'Wheel of Fugitive' episode from March 16
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Even though Kamron Casteel wasn’t picked as the Fugitive of the Week on two episodes of “Wheel of Fugitive,” it didn’t stop one of our citizens from recognizing his smiling face as one of the other 9 contestants on the wheel, and then contacting our agency to tell us where we could find him.
Casteel originally aired as a contestant on the Wheel of Fugitive on March 16 and then again on this past Tuesday but wasn’t lucky enough to be selected as the Fugitive of the Week.
Even with that, our agency received an anonymous tip that Casteel was staying at a hotel off of 192 in West Melbourne along with a vehicle description that he would possibly be in.
Deputies subsequently checked the area but were unable to locate Casteel.
However, Deputy Dalton Farrington had prior dealings with Casteel and after some brief inquiries was able to narrow down the exact hotel where he was staying.
The following night, Deputy Farrington conducted surveillance at the location and observed a vehicle matching the description provided by the anonymous source pulling into the hotel.
Deputy Farrington observed Casteel get out of the vehicle and try to quickly get inside the hotel lobby. Deputy Farrington was able to quickly approach Casteel and take him into custody before he could flee the area.
At the time of his arrest, Casteel was found in possession of approximately 5 grams of methamphetamine, several items of drug paraphernalia and approximately $400 in cash.
Casteel admitted to knowing he had a warrant for his arrest, however he claimed that he did not know he was on the “Wheel of Fugitive!!” Casteel stated that he had just gotten back in town the night prior and had plans to turn himself in on Thursday. I guess he thought we never heard that story before!!
Casteel was subsequently transported to the Brevard County Jail on a “No Bond” status for Violation of Probation reference Possession Methamphetamine, Failure to Appear reference Early Resolution Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Operating a Motor Vehicle without a Drivers License.
Please join me in thanking our citizen who turned Casteel in and also in thanking Deputy Farrington for a job well done!!
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey
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