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Man accused of stalking women in Volusia, Seminole counties arrested, officials say

Sanford police: Officers found Walter Hernandez, 62

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A man who authorities said has been harassing women in Seminole and Volusia counties has been arrested.

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office asked the public to help them find Walter Hernandez, 62, of Sanford.

Officials said Hernandez was found in Sanford and arrested on his VCSO warrant during a traffic stop conducted by Sanford police.

On Monday, two separate incidents were reported in two counties, officials said. A man driving a Honda Fit made unwanted sexual comments to a woman on East Fourth Street in Sanford, police said.

A similar incident occurred in Orange City allegedly involving the same man. The victim in that case was able to take several photographs of his vehicle, police said.

According to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, the most recent incident happened Monday when a DeBary woman said a man followed a woman in his car and asked to perform a sex act on her.

Sheriff's Office officials have reason to believe Hernandez is responsible for all three incidents. Deputies said he will be charged with stalking.

According to Florida Department of Corrections records, Hernandez was sentenced in 2008 for following a victim and trying to grab her. Last year, a minor reported she was followed by Hernandez and authorities found ropes, numerous unused condoms and seats removed from his van, records show.

Anyone with any additional information regarding the incident in question or similar incidents should contact the Sanford Police Department or Volusia County Sheriff's Office by calling 911.


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