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Eye in the Sky Helps Deputies Apprehend Two Violent Suspects

HERNANDO – The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office utilizes several tools and techniques in locating criminals and missing people, but none more effective than K-9 and the Air Unit, especially when conditions are hampered by rough terrain or low visibility.

Today, the Sheriff’s Office released reports on two incidents, involving the capture of violent suspects with the aid of the HCSO Air Unit.

The first incident occurred on November 12th, when deputies were dispatched to 11426 Long Hill Court in Spring Hill in reference to a Domestic Battery.

Upon arrival, deputies met with the victim, Michael Philpott.  Mr. Philpott advised that while attending his son’s soccer game, he received a call to come home due to his wife being out of control and breaking things in the family residence.  When Mr. Philpott arrived home, he found items inside the home smashed and his wife, 46-year-old Cheryl Philpott, intoxicated.  A verbal argument ensued.

Cheryl Philpott attempted to leave in a vehicle.  In order to prevent Cheryl from driving while intoxicated, Michael positioned his vehicle behind the one that she wished to use.  This caused the verbal argument to escalate.  Cheryl reportedly hit Michael in the head two or three times.  She then left the residence on foot.

With the assistance of the HCSO Aviation Unit, Cheryl Philpott was located walking a short distance from the residence, and quickly taken into custody. Philpot is charged with one count of Domestic Battery.

The second incident occurred on November 13th, when deputies responded to 13308 Crowell Road in reference to a Criminal Mischief complaint.

Upon arrival, deputies learned that Melissa Giddens watched her boyfriend, 38-year-old Brandon Daniels, slash two of the tires on her pickup truck, following a verbal dispute between the couple.

Giddens told deputies that “Daniels had been drinking all day” and that “he was not mentally stable.”  Giddens also advised that Daniels was carrying a pocket knife, which he used to slash the tires on her vehicle.

Daniels fled the scene prior to deputies’ arrival but was located a short time later on Sunshine Grove Road, after he ran directly in front of Deputy Vincent Mascitelli’s patrol car. Daniels fled from Mascitelli into an overgrown field just east of the intersection of Sunshine Grove Road and Crowell Road.  Due to his reckless disregard for his own safety (running into traffic) and his girlfriend’s earlier statements, Officials say Daniels needed to be evaluated for a Baker Act or a possible Marchman Act.

The HCSO Aviation and K-9 Units were called out to assist in locating Daniels.

Before the arrival of the Aviation Unit, a 9-1-1 call was received from Brandon Daniel’s cell phone.  Daniels did not report a legitimate emergency, and it appeared that the call served no other purpose than to taunt the deputies on scene.  Daniels advised that he was not coming out of the woods, as he was afraid of the deputies on scene.

With the assistance of the HCSO Aviation Unit, Daniels was subsequently located in the area of Rester Drive and the Suncoast Parkway.  He was taken into custody and charged with Criminal Mischief and Misuse of 911.

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  • Just catch them later….25,000 in resources…for a 20.00 dollar crime..hick town with big city dreams……

    Friday, 20 November 2015, 10:44 am
  • Remember though if they didn’t catch him and he went on to hurt himself or someone else everyone would be like oh no they should have gotten him before and this wouldn’t have happened

    Thursday, 19 November 2015, 8:08 pm
  • This county doesn’t need three helicopters. They need to sell all three and use it to build a swimming pool or something for the kids. That would take care of about half their crime.

    Thursday, 19 November 2015, 12:13 pm
  • All of you who put the Hernando County Police down, Who are you going to call when something happens??
    Our offices do a great job. Just like anywhere else we have some bad seeds. This county wastes more money on things not needed. We need our police and they do the best they can with the resources this county gives them.. THANK YOU HCSO 🙂

    Thursday, 19 November 2015, 8:08 am
  • Do yourself a favor.. Go see how much money it costs to run hcso. In a small town..do you think ups could afford to let each driver keep his truck at home on days off or vacation? It doubles the amount of vehicles needed.in my business I would never have the expense of four vans when I only use one. If I let drivers take van home I need three more vans so I have one to use when driver is off. I also wonder about insurance.. What if a cop hits a child pulling into his driveway off the clock? Who pays that settlement..us ? Here is a good example..my neighbor is a pasco sheriff.. For 11 months so far a brand new pasco SUV has sat in her driveway..doesn’t move..she uses her car to go to work. Seems she pays 40 bucks a month to keep it there. Well crazy that tax payers are paying for this vehicle to sit and do nothing..40 bucks a month does not cover the carrying costs of a patrol car. Why would pasco use taxpayer money to buy a vehicle that they obviously didn’t need.

    Wednesday, 18 November 2015, 5:56 pm
  • Eskimo and rs you are stupid..the chopper is dispatched..not sitting in the air waiting..fuel cost you morons…this is typical over reaction that the hcso seems to do a lot…it is rediculous to deploy a chopper for these minor crimes. I am sure rs the victims didn’t think a chopper and all out man hunt was going to happen. Reminds me of when hcso used four officers a chopper and manhunt for a twenty year old that took a three dollar energy shot from Hess…all the criminal got when caught was a ticket to appear in court..worth it??? Funny when your house gets robbed you never hear from the hcso

    Wednesday, 18 November 2015, 5:40 pm
  • TRAILER TRASH…BUT A HELICOPTER????…COME ON….

    Wednesday, 18 November 2015, 3:42 pm
  • Good use of taxpayer dollars is certainty questionable. This article reads like a propaganda piece.

    Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 9:27 pm
  • wow all this time i thought that dang helicopter was following me around! lol glad to see they caught criminals with it. Keep up the good work HCSO :-p

    Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 9:01 pm
  • Hey Doc you sound like an idiot. How are you going to deport an American.

    Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 8:31 pm
  • You people crack me up! Cops don’t catch bad guys… They are incompetent. Cops use resources (that your still paying for when not in use) and catch bad guys and they waste your tax dollars. Lol.

    Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 8:31 pm
  • Dann I guess that easy to say when youre not the victim. There is always one that has to make the token comment.

    Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 6:28 pm
  • What a waste of money and resources

    Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 6:22 pm
  • Stupid is as stupid does, all the way around.

    Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 5:52 pm
  • Air and k9 units are staffed and in service wether doing nothing or catching criminals. Dann would you rather they sit there and do nothing (still getting paid) and let criminals get away?

    Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 5:16 pm
  • Yup amen Dan waste WOW!!!!!!!

    Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 5:02 pm
  • I think it costs like over $5k a hr to operate a chopper,so the sheriffs office thinks that a domestic disturbance warrents wasting my tax dollars,well i think that is an absurd waste of my money and the tax payers resources.they released this like we should be proud or something we have prolly a 2 million dollar chopper and we used it for 2 people who are most likly going to be back with the complaining partner after being released,violent criminal my ass he slashed the tires of a car,hardly worth the cost and man power,that sir is abusive,im at a loss for words here.remarkable

    Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 4:55 pm
  • Sheriff Joe out in Arizona has a great way to deal with this trash that perhaps Sheriff Al would look at here. Put them into a tent with TV (Disney channel) no air conditioning (our troops overseas do not have ac) and heat via a wood stove. Any other ideas!

    Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 4:51 pm
  • Now I understand why so many women lawfully carry hand guns.

    Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 4:46 pm
  • Yep, another spring hill loser/idiot/jerk taxing our resources for law services. He will probably get a 100 bond, wow. Can we start deporting these fools, I for one are getting fed up supporting them in jail if they get jail time.

    Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 4:44 pm
  • OK these criminals warranted air unit..k9 wow..what happens when they rob a bank the national guard.waste of money

    Tuesday, 17 November 2015, 4:12 pm

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