Jeremy Jason Patterson, a 23-year-old individual wanted in connection with a homicide in Brooksville, Florida, was apprehended by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office on Friday night. Patterson was taken into custody in a wooded area near the High Point community, located in the vicinity of Cortez Boulevard. The arrest follows the killing of 81-year-old Ed Mead on Thursday night.
Residents of the High Point community expressed their distress over the incident. Arlene Dyer, in tears, questioned why their gate guard had been killed. Dyer claimed to have spotted a man matching Patterson’s description near her home on Friday morning and promptly called 911. However, she was instructed not to intervene.
Debby Ribbe also reported seeing the suspect hours before the crime occurred. Investigators revealed that the incident began with a 911 call reporting a medical emergency, which was later determined to be a crime scene. Through video surveillance and witness statements, law enforcement swiftly identified Patterson as the suspect.
Ed Mead’s family described him as a kind-hearted individual who was dedicated to his job and always willing to help others. The community mourns his loss, with individuals like Dave Bittle stopping by the guard house to offer prayers.