• Report: Woman took extreme measures to hide Osceola child molestation suspect


    OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - Eyewitness News obtained documents that said a woman took extreme measures to hide an Osceola County man accused of molesting young children.

    Last year, Loomes Wheeler Jr. bonded out of jail but was rearrested about a week later after a second victim came forward.

    Wheeler was put on a GPS monitor, but officials said he cut it off in September and fled.

    He was caught seven months later in the Bahamas.

    Channel 9’s Ryan Hughes got a copy of an arrest warrant for Patrice Bullard, who authorities said helped Wheeler flee the country.

    It details how investigators believe Wheeler eluded authorities for seven months.

    The documents said Wheeler’s run from the law began when Bullard picked him up in Kissimmee and drove him to Miami.

    He stayed at a Ramada Inn for two days, then hid out in a boat, and paid a man thousands of dollars to take him to the Bahamas, according to the documents.

    The documents also said Wheeler told a federal agent he had around $30,000 on him when he escaped, and shortly after, he cut off his GPS ankle monitor.

    The paperwork states Bullard paid a man in the Bahamas to care for and hide Wheeler from authorities.

    That man was in touch with Osceola detectives and told them he lost track of Wheeler in mid-December, right after he called family members in St. Cloud to ask for more money for Wheeler.

    Days later, Bullard showed up and disappeared with Wheeler, documents said.

    The papers also said how Wheeler bounced between several residences, but he denied knowledge on how he skipped town.

    Wheeler and Bullard are being held in jail without bond.

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