Sheriff’s Briefing Notes – July 20, 2020

Information contained in this report is from the previous 24 hours (Tuesday – Friday) or previous weekend (Monday).

Please note – Due to Marsy’s Law, specific information will no longer be provided on incidents that are classified as crimes. Marsy’s Law prohibits law enforcement from releasing any information that could identify the victim of any crime (name, address, sex, age, or any other information).


• Deputies responded to:

o Felony Battery – District 2/Zone 7 – Deputies responded to an area near Publix located at 160 Mariner Boulevard. The suspect and the victim were initially involved in a verbal argument. The suspect proceeded to hit the victim numerous times as the victim’s wife attempted to intervene. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries – Arrest/Male – 2020-21273.

o Lewd or Lascivious/Battery on a Child under 12 – District 2/Zone 5 – Investigation active – 2020-21257.

o Suicidal/Barricaded Subject – District 1/Zone 7 – Deputies received information that a suicidal subject from Manatee County was in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express located at 30455 Cortez Boulevard. The individual refused to exit his vehicle. After a lengthy standoff, deputies were able to get the individual out of the vehicle when he asked for help following a medical episode – 2020-21291.

o Grand Theft Auto – District 1/Zone 3 – Deputies responded to the area of Sam C Road in reference to a suspicious person walking down the roadway. The deputy identified the individual as a suspect in a recent stolen vehicle investigation. The suspect was taken into custody. The deputy located a syringe hidden in the suspect’s hair. The suspect admitted to stealing the vehicle – Arrest/Female – 2020-21294.

o Death Investigation – District 1/Zone 1 – A man called 911 to report he found his girlfriend unresponsive. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The death does not appear suspicious – Investigation active – 2020-21354.

o Shooting – District 1/Zone 5 – Deputies responded to Twigg Street in reference to a shooting. Deputies located one individual with a wound to his leg. Numerous shell casing were found in the area. The victim refused to cooperate with deputies at the scene. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries – Investigation active – 2020-21391.

o Narcotics/Traffic Offense – District 1/Zone 5 – A deputy conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Wildwood Drive and East Avenue. The driver did not possess a valid driver’s license. Deputies located a black bag that contained marijuana, Methylphenidate, Buprenorphine, and Fentanyl. At the jail, deputies located methamphetamine hidden in his sock – Arrest/Male – 2020-21424.

o Agency Assist – District 2/Zone 4 – Deputies responded to a report of a possible sinkhole in the area of Deltona Boulevard and Bay Drive. Traffic was diverted around the sinkhole. The road department is working to repair the sinkhole – 2020-21446.

o Felony Domestic Battery – District 2/Zone 2 – A woman received text messages from her son’s girlfriend that her son had battered his girlfriend. The mother went to the house where she saw the victim and her injuries. Upon confronting her son, the suspect attacked his mother dislocating her shoulder. The suspect was located in the residence hiding under a bed – Arrest/Male – 2020-21497.

• Schools

o N/A

• Miscellaneous:

o N/A


• Total # of inmates housed in the Hernando County Detention Center – 566

o Number of Federal Inmates (included in total) – 98

o Number of Pasco County Inmates (included in total) – 25

o Number of inmates housed in Medical Unit (included in total) – 11

o Number of Juvenile Inmates – 0

o Active Hospital Posts – 0

• Number of inmates transported to COURT:

o First Appearance (no transport required) – 5

o County Misdemeanor Court – 0

o Circuit Felony Court – 4

o Drug/Mental Health/Veterans Court – 0.

• Booking Data (previous 24 hours or previous weekend):

o Number of inmates Booked In – 28

o Number of inmates Booked Out (Released) – 20


Michael Terry

Deputy PIO

Certified Florida Crime Prevention Practitioner

Auxiliary Deputy Sheriff

Hernando County Sheriff’s Office

18900 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34601

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Preliminary Mid-Year Data Shows Crime is Down in Unincorporated Hernando County and City of Brooksville.

Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis is pleased to announce the crime rate remains on the decline in both unincorporated Hernando County and the City of Brooksville. In the latest preliminary crime statistics reported to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for the period of 01-01-2020 to 06-30-2020, unincorporated Hernando County experienced an overall reduction in the crime rate of 8.7%. The 8.7% decrease continues the downward trend from the 19.1% drop in overall crime reported for all of 2019. The City of Brooksville fared even better. For the period of 01-01-2020 to 06-30-2020, the City of Brooksville saw an overall decrease of 12.3% in the crime rate. A comparison of 2019 crime statistics in Brooksville to 2018 is unavailable due to the HCSO taking over law enforcement duties for the city in mid-2018. For seven of the last eight years, unincorporated Hernando County has experienced a decrease in crime (2014 saw a 0.2% increase). The mid-year numbers for 2020 are showing the same downward trend. In the first six months of 2020, unincorporated Hernando County experienced significant decreases in the following areas: • Property Crimes – Down 10.8% o Burglary – Down 17.6% o Larceny – Down 10.1% • Violent Crimes – Up slightly 1.2% o Rape – Down 26.7% o Aggravated Assault – Down 4.5% o The 1.2% increase in Violent Crimes is due to an increase of THREE total crimes from 247 in 2019 to 250 during this same six-month period. Additionally, these comparisons do not factor in an increase in population. The mid-year clearance rate (Cases Solved) for unincorporated Hernando County registered at 42.6%. In the first six months of 2020, the City of Brooksville also experienced significant decreases in the following areas: • Violent Crimes – Down 12% o Aggravated Assault – Down 17.6% • Property Crimes – Down 12.4% o Burglary – Down 54.2% o Motor Vehicle Theft – Down 20% o Larceny – Down 2.8% The mid-year clearance rate (Cases Solved) for the City of Brooksville is also impressive, coming in at 56.3%.