Former HCSO Detention Deputy Charged with Weapons Offense and Stealing Ammunition
SPRING HILL – A former Hernando County Detention Deputy is behind bars today, after an incident at his home on Marble Ave led to charges of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm and Grand Theft.
According to officials, deputies responded to the Hernando County Jail where they met with the alleged victim, the suspects wife, outside. The victim claims that she recently moved out of their residence on Marble Ave, due to her husband not taking his PTSD medication. The victim says she returned to the residence last night to retrieve some belongings and that’s when her husband, Rene Roman threatened her with a handgun, specifically a Kel Tech P32. The victim fled the residence and deputies responded to investigate the incident.
During the interrogation, Roman first claimed he never saw his wife or displayed a handgun, but later changed his story and stated that he indeed saw his wife but only placed the handgun in his pocket.
Deputies found probable cause to arrest Roman for Aggravated Assault, but the story doesn’t end there.
When deputies returned to the suspect’s residence to retrieve the handgun, they also located several boxes of ammunition, a Streamlight, and 4 magazines worth nearly $1,000. Upon further investigation it was determined that Roman stole the items while he was employed as a Hernando County Detention Deputy. Roman was subsequently charged with Grand Theft.
Officials say Roman resigned from the Sheriff’s Office in August of 2016.
Roman is currently held on $7,000 bond at the Hernando County Jail.
Editor’s Note: Coincidently, RNRF published an article this morning regarding transparency issues with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (CLICK HERE TO VIEW ARTICLE).
There is speculation that Sheriff Al Nienhuis is preparing to encrypt radio traffic, so that the average citizen and media are kept in the dark. The story above demonstrates the need for public safety channels to remain accessible, especially to the media, because this story would have gone unnoticed and unpublished if RNRF had not picked up the incident via scanner traffic.
It should also be noted that HCSO does not publish mugshots of former Deputies or their relatives.
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