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.