Mims man fled to attic, used child as 'shield' to avoid arrest, deputies say

Report: Lawrence Kiehart held child up, covering his face

By Corey Arwood, Florida Today

Lawrence Kiehart

TITUSVILLE, Fla. - A man fled with a child to a garage attic for four hours, trying to avoid arrest and K-9s,  according to Brevard County Sheriff's Office, reports News 6 partner Florida Today.

Deputies and SWAT team members arrested Lawrence Kiehart at a home in the 2600 block of Applewood Drive in Titusville Tuesday at 12:30 a.m., after spending hours trying to get the man and the child out of the attic.

Kiehart, 39, of the 3200 block of Keith Lane, was charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment of a child under 13 and child abuse without great bodily harm, or simple assault.

He also was charged with resisting an officer without violence and violation of conditional release related to domestic violence.

Deputies went to the residence in response to reports of a violation of a no-contact order. He had been charged with battery and domestic violence Aug. 2 and charged with aggravated stalking Aug. 4. 

He was released from jail Aug. 4. Deputies said he then began texting a woman "repeatedly," prompting the no-contact order.

The day before his arrest, investigators said Kiehart had called the woman at least 39 times between Aug. 4 and Aug. 12.

Deputies went to the Applewood Drive home around 7:30 p.m. Monday. The report said Kierhart was staying at the home, which belonged to a friend and where the child also lived.

Kiehart fled inside and was found in the garage attic using the child as a "shield." 

Conditions in the attic were described by deputies in the report as "excessive heat, nail(s) protruding from the floor and walls and fiberglass coming from the ceiling."

When deputies brought in a K-9, Kiehart held the child up, covering his face, "as a shield from law enforcement."

The report said he was ultimately forced from the attic.

Sheriff's officials were not immediately available Thursday to answer questions about the condition or age of the child.

Kiehart remains in Brevard County Jail on $166,000 bond, according to jail logs and court records.

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