TITUSVILLE, Fla. — Body camera video was released Friday showing Titusville police officers using a Taser to take down a rape and kidnapping suspect who was trying to run away.
Benjamin Victor Hovan was arrested Thursday after he broke into a Casselberry apartment, armed with a knife and raped a 24-year-old woman before kidnapping her and another 24-year-old woman, police said.
The body camera video shows Hovan, 32, trying to run after he was confronted by police at a convenience store.
Titusville police Officer Austin Quinn said he needed to use the restroom Friday after directing traffic. As he was about to walk out of the convenience store, he noticed a familiar face approaching him.
"I actually held the door open for him," Quinn said. "And I was, like, that looks just like that dude I saw on the news."
Quinn said he recognized Hovan from a surveillance image from an incident in Tallahassee.
"He was right behind a glass window or something, looking in," he said. "And when I was walking out the Marathon, he was right behind a glass door about to go in, so it was almost the same shot as the surveillance image."
"As soon as they told me that, he walked out," Quinn said. "He looked nervous. He looked away from me like he didn't want me to get a good look at him."
In the video, an officer is seen using a Taser and Hovan falls to the ground.
Hovan, who is from Tallahassee, faced a judge Friday on a resisting arrest charge.
He's being held in the Brevard County Jail without bail. He'll next be transferred to the Seminole County Jail, where he'll be booked on charges stemming from the Casselberry incidents.
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