- Travis Kyle Hoose, a 36-year-old wanted for a child sex crime, was apprehended in DeFuniak Springs, Florida.
- Law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals Florida Caribbean Regional Task Force discovered Hoose attempting to escape through a crawl space accessed via a hole in the bedroom floor.
- Hoose faces charges of lewd and lascivious battery on a child, failure to obey law enforcement orders to stop, obstruction, and violation of parole.
In a shocking incident in DeFuniak Springs, Florida, law enforcement officials successfully apprehended a fugitive wanted for a child sex crime.
Travis Kyle Hoose, 36, was arrested on Wednesday morning after members of the U.S. Marshals Florida Caribbean Regional Task Force executed a warrant for his arrest. The arrest took place at a residence in DeFuniak Springs, where Hoose was found hiding under the floorboards.
The Marshals, accompanied by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, entered the residence and swiftly located Hoose attempting to escape through a crawl space accessed via a hole in the bedroom floor.
Fortunately, perimeter units were able to apprehend him without incident. Photographs from the scene reveal the hidden hole under a bed and the grimy crawlspace leading to the back of the property, highlighting Hoose’s desperate attempt to evade capture.
Travis Kyle Hoose was wanted for lewd and lascivious battery on a child, along with charges of failure to obey law enforcement orders to stop, obstruction, and violation of parole.
The seriousness of the charges emphasizes the significance of his capture and subsequent arrest. Hoose’s actions had put the community at risk, and law enforcement officers spared no effort to ensure his apprehension.
As of Thursday morning, Hoose remains in custody at the Walton County Jail, with a bond set at $100,000.
Sheriff Michael Adkinson praised the dedication and effectiveness of law enforcement officers, acknowledging the dangers they face in their line of duty. He reassured the public that, regardless of how resourceful criminals may try to be, the outcome will always be the same—culprits behind bars, and justice served.