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Hernando K-9 Nabs Wanted Man

Valor | Hernando Sheriff | Arrests

After tracking him down, Valor “assisted” the man as he got out of a pickup truck, according to the Hernando Sheriff’s Office.

HERNANDO COUNTY – A K-9 officer help track down a fleeing suspect and got him out of a pickup truck so he could be arrested, the Hernando Sheriff’s Office said.

David Jose Orama, 37, of Spring Hill, was charged with violation of probabtion, unarmed burglary to a vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting an officer without violence.

Just after 8 p.m. Monday (July 24), Hernando sheriff’s Deputy Joe Merando said he saw Orama walking in the area of Bayside Court in Spring Hill. Merando recognized Orama from previous law enforcement contacts and knew there were two felony warrants were on file for Orama’s arrest.

Merando tired to speak with Orama, who responded, “peace out” and then fled on foot. Merando chased Orama and ordered him to stop. Orama kept running.

Deputy Jeff Andrews and K-9 Valor arrived. They saw a man matching Orama’s description, running eastbound through the lake bed off Sailfish Court. Orama was wading through chest-high water, headed toward Bayside Court, about 75 yards ahead of the K-9 team. Andrews twice told Orama to stop, but he did not.

David Jose Orama | Hernando Sheriff | Arrests
David Jose Orama

When Orama got out of the water, deputies said, he behind the residence at 9261 Bayside Court. Valor found a black pair of sandals in the yard, then tracked toward a chain link fence. Valor continued tracking until he got to a 2001 blue Dodge pickup truck that was parked in the driveway of 9290 Bayside. Valor alerted on the vehicle.

Andrew said he looked inside the pickup and saw Orama lying across the rear seat.

Orama’s hands were not visible and he ignored several orders to show his hands. Andrews opened and Valor jumped into the truck where he grabbed Orama’s left hand.

Orama began screaming and trying to resist by pulling away from Valor. Andrews said he ordered Orama to stop resisting and get out of the pickup. Deputies said Valor “assisted Orama out of the vehicle and onto the ground.” Once on the ground next to the pickup, Orama continued to resist by screaming and flailing his arms and legs.

Orama was placed under arrest and paramedics were called. Sheriff’s Sgt. William Hillman gave Orama first aid until Hernando Fire Rescue arrived.

Fire Rescue took Orama to the Oak Hill Hospital were he was treated for dog bites before he was taken to the Hernando County Detention Center.

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