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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