Wanted Wednesday: Police searching for convicted felon who fled probation

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For this week’s Wanted Wednesday, we bring you a man with a warrant out for his arrest. Deputies say 33-year-old Brett William Stewart violated his probation after he was convicted of aggravated assault with the intent to commit a felony.

He’s out on the streets, and law enforcement is asking for your help to find him.

“The courts have determined that this individual needs supervision, needs evaluation, and needs treatment,” said Sgt. Brett Rhodenizer of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say Stewart has chosen not to comply with any of that. He’s been untraceable.

“That’s why we consider this a risk to the community and that’s why we need everyone’s help,” Rhodenizer said.

Deputies say the original case in 2016 stemmed from a relationship between Stewart and an underage girl in Ohio.

“As part of that investigation, the Gainesville police department ultimately charged the individual, and he did plead to the aggravated assault with the intent to commit a felony,” Rhodenizer said.

In Florida, this charge means Stewart made a threat coupled with a weapon.

This violation of probation warrant is for no bond with a significant extradition requirement.

“He’s not staying where he said he was or where he used to stay,” Rhodenizer said. “He may be in the Gainesville area, he may have fled the entire state. We’re asking if you’ve seen this individual please contact local law enforcement.”

Stewart is 6-foot, 240 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. If you know where Stewart is, you can call Crime Stoppers at (352) 372-STOP.

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