Home invasion suspect charged by police taser
Raw footage of the bodycam shows the arrest of a suspect who was wanted for armed burglary, sexual battery, and kidnapping.
A man wanted for a violent burglary, rape and kidnapping as part of a multi-day crime spree in Florida was taken into custody Thursday in a dramatic arrest caught on an officer’s bodycam video.
Titusville Police told FOX35 that Benjamin Victor Hovan, 32, was arrested shortly after noon on Thursday when the suspect was spotted by an officer pumping gas. He resisted arrest and ran before he was shot down by the cop the use of a Taser.
“It feels pretty good, because he would have stopped. No one else got hurt; now he is where he should be for the moment,” Officer Austin Quinn told FOX35.
Hovan was sought by the authorities after he pistol-whipped an elderly woman who was feeding her cats in the Miami area and stole her Mercedes. Later he has an apartment in the Orlando suburb of Casselberry on Saturday, occupied by two women. After the rape of a woman, police said Hovan kidnapped the two and drove them to a supermarket to get money from an ATM.
Benjamin Victor Hovan, 32, was wanted by the authorities after a five-day crime spree in Florida.
One of the victims asked a store employee to call 911 and the police came with the women. Hovan fled the scene and abandoned the stolen vehicle on Tuesday.
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In the body of the camera images released by Titusville Police, the officer can see it coming Hovan and telling him to get on the ground, before he jumped up and tried to run away.
Hovan tried to run away from the police before he was taken by an officer with a Taser.
“That was a pretty high pace, because I do not know whether he had a weapon on him,” Quinn told FOX35. “I had reason to stop him, I was pretty sure that he was who I thought he was.”
Casselberry Police said Hovan the arrest ended a five-day crime spree, and that the 32-year-old is wanted for questioning by police in the entire country.
“We are very happy that he is no longer on the streets, for everyone. He was traveling a long distance, committing a crime which he might,” said Casselberry Police Capt. Brenda Brandenberger.
Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed