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Convicted Sex Predator Removes Monitoring Device, Found Hiding in Tent

MASARYKTOWN – A convicted sexual predator had a short-lived stint of freedom yesterday, after he cut the electronic monitoring device from his ankle and walked away from his home on Jackson Ave.

According to officials, during the early morning hours on Wednesday, the Department of Corrections, Probation and Parole, notified the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office that 27-year-old Russell Kevin Hetzel had removed his state issued monitoring device.

Deputies began canvassing the area for Hetzel’s whereabouts, when they received information that he might be near Washington Ave along the railroad tracks.

When deputies arrived in the area, they immediately spotted Hetzel who ran and hid in a nearby tent.

Deputies ordered him to come out of the tent Hetzel once again ran from authorities. After a short foot pursuit, deputies were able to take Hetzel into custody.

Hetzel was charged with Violations of Probation, Destroy/Damage/Alter an Electronic Monitoring Device and Resisting an Officer Without Violence. He is being held on a No Bond status.

Hetzel served nearly three years behind bars, after a 2007 conviction for Sexual Battery on a victim who was mentally handicapped. Hetzel violated his parole and faced new charges since his release in 2010.

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  • Poodles are stupid. Ugly too. Good alligator bait though.

    Sunday, 10 April 2016, 2:30 pm
  • Anklet

    Saturday, 9 April 2016, 8:03 am
  • When will the people hold criminals accountable what will stop a predator from running out the door when they see a child walking down there street
    Not a bracelet
    Alligators eat a stupid poodle he does not get to see the sunset

    Saturday, 9 April 2016, 8:01 am
  • Where are these tents at? There is school bus stops and kids by those tracks on washington
    ..clean that **** up

    Saturday, 9 April 2016, 6:30 am
  • Just pointing out, this guy’s conviction is: Sexual PREDATOR….not Offender, for which, he could have, possibly been sentenced unjustly due to mitigating circumstances. I’m sure it highly unlikely. However, I didn’t want to send Jackie off the deep end. She sounds fragile!

    Friday, 8 April 2016, 6:56 pm
  • What!!!! No Bond!!!! I am surprised the Judge didn’t post a $2,000 Bond like everyone else seems to get. SMH!!!!

    Friday, 8 April 2016, 1:46 pm
  • I think he cut off the wrong damed thing!! Piece of crap that never deserves to see the light of day EVER!!

    Friday, 8 April 2016, 1:10 pm
  • Miami Mike you are so right!!

    Friday, 8 April 2016, 12:27 pm
  • On a mentally handicapped person just get rid of him. Or on any other person he doesn’t care for life.

    Friday, 8 April 2016, 11:50 am
  • Maybe the judge will keep this piece of crap locked up for at least the weekend. Hang him

    Friday, 8 April 2016, 4:44 am
  • Sex offenders can not be rehabilitated.

    Thursday, 7 April 2016, 11:16 pm
    • they can. some of the people are innocent because it was a set up police doing those stings. not right. give some a slap on the hand others they lock up for life. not right. God is the judge of everything. and be careful of your words it can bite you back.

      Friday, 8 April 2016, 11:10 am
  • time for some more prison for this **** head!

    Thursday, 7 April 2016, 11:14 pm
  • Fn castrate him!

    Thursday, 7 April 2016, 10:45 pm

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