Saturday, June 23, 2018
Public safety

Deputies: Brooksville man stalked pair from remote location

BROOKSVILLE — A 41-year-old Brooksville man has been charged with stalking two people after parking his pickup outside a residence and repeatedly setting off the alarm and locking and unlocking it from a remote location.

The incident began Wednesday afternoon when Scott Wright parked his truck in the driveway of a home at 11148 Hemlock Warbler Road, northwest of Brooksville.

Christa Hammond and Steve Henderlong called Hernando County deputies multiple times, telling them that Wright was supposed to be served with a temporary injunction.

Authorities said they believe Hammond and Wright at one point had been dating.

Deputies arrived and found the vehicle warm to the touch.

Unable to find Wright, they left, but were called back a short time later. The doors on Wright's vehicle began locking and unlocking, and the alarm began to sound.

Again, Wright could not be found.

Deputies left only to return again a short time later when the alarm began going off again.

This time, a K-9 team was deployed to check the area.

Deputies, unable to find Wright, called him. He told deputies he was "over an hour away" and rapidly hung up.

Deputies left again.

A short time later, however, they returned on foot. They advised Hammond and Henderlong to turn off the lights at the residence.

As soon as that happened, the vehicle alarm began to go off again.

Once more, a K-9 unit was sent out.

The dog tracked Wright to a home at 12280 House Finch Road, which has a view of Hammond's residence.

According to an arrest affidavit, Wright told deputies "he was just trying to scare the residents so that they wouldn't mess with his belongings or his truck."

Wright had keys to the pickup on him and was able to set off the alarm to his truck from his location.

He told deputies again that he "was trying to scare them so that they would leave the residence," according to the report.

Wright apparently observed deputies arriving at the residence throughout the ordeal. He even called the Sheriff's Office, angrily asking why deputies had not removed the people who were in the residence on Hemlock Warbler.

Emergency services were tied up for about four hours, the Sheriff's Office said.

Wright faces two counts of stalking and probation violation. He was being held Friday without bail at the Hernando County Detention Center.

Danny Valentine can be reached at [email protected] or (352) 848-1432. Tweet him @HernandoTimes.

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