A Collier County sheriff’s deputy, who was accused of plotting with a group of Golden Gate teens to take his wife and her family hostage so that he could save them and reconcile his marriage, was fired in late March, the Sheriff’s Office reported Tuesday.
According to internal affairs reports, the kidnapping accusations were the culmination of a series of misdeeds carried out by former Cpl. Brandon Roysden in an effort to keep track of his estranged wife, Michelle, and salvage his fledgling marriage.
“Really, he should be prosecuted,” Michelle Roysden said. “If it was anyone else, they would have already been in jail in my opinion.”
During several interviews with Sheriff’s Office investigators, Brandon Roysden, 38, admitted to spinning stories in early October 2009, to 19-year-old Ryan Currie and Currie’s friend, Brett Spaulding,18, both of whom Roysden knew through his previous work with juvenile offenders.
He propositioned Currie to get friends to break into the home where Michelle Roysden was living, tie up her and her family, and hold them hostage on the pretense that Currie and his friends were looking for drugs, reports. They were supposed to get Michelle Roysden to lure her husband to the scene, at which point the teens were to severely beat Brandon Roysden so he could show his wife that he took the beating for her and be a hero.
He called it “the perfect crime,” reports said.
Brandon Roysden asked Spaulding to rob him and beat him so he could “get some sympathy from his wife,” reports said. Roysden made similar propositions to two other young Golden Gate men, Jacques Dampier and Abraham Eckman.
During the interviews with investigators, Roysden gave a long and convoluted explanation for the plots.
He told investigators that two of the young men were suspects in a burglary. In an effort to find out who was talking to whom, and to eventually get information about the alleged burglary, he started passing the stories to the men.
“It was all different stories and it changed up so many times that I wasn’t really paying attention to it because I didn’t think it was important,” Roysden told investigators. “The little bell didn’t come on and go ‘ah, this is probably going to get out of hand.’”
It is unclear how plotting with the young men to kidnap his wife would have led to information about the alleged burglary.
“Apparently it blew up in my face,” Roysden told investigators.
Investigators didn’t buy his explanation.
“His reason that he spun these stories to try and see if these kids were talking, I don’t really think that it was a plausible explanation,” said Lt. Rich Gibbons of the Sheriff’s Office’s Professional Responsibility Bureau. “But that’s what he said his reasoning was.”
In December, the Sheriff’s Office submitted an affidavit to the State Attorney’s Office requesting a warrant for Roysden’s arrest, but it was denied due to a lack of evidence.
As part of the internal investigation, Brandon Roysden admitted that he violated agency policy when he had Currie drive his Sheriff’s Office vehicle, a blue Crown Victoria, past the home where Michelle Roysden was living. Brandon Roysden explained that his wife had accused him of driving past the home and stalking her.
“I wanted to basically put another car in there so she would stop saying that I drove by her frigging house cause she goes ‘Oh, that’s like stalkering (sic).’” Brandon Roysden explained. “I’m like ‘I’m not a frigging stalker.’”
Brandon Roysden previously called the allegations against him “bogus.” Attempts to reach him Tuesday were unsuccessful.
Currie and Spaulding previously said they believed Roysden’s explanations. When reached on the phone Tuesday, and asked again if he believed Roysden, Currie said “I do and I don’t”
“It’s over with,” Currie said. “I’m not worried about it. I’m just trying to get on with my life.”
As part of a second investigation, also released Tuesday, reports say that in September 2009, Roysden solicited another deputy to conduct a traffic stop on his wife because he was concerned about her driving with kids in the car, and because he thought she may have prescription pills loose in her purse.
“He basically embellished the need for a traffic stop for his own personal agenda,” Gibbons said.
After the stop, Brandon Roysden, who was off duty, responded to the scene in his Sheriff’s Office vehicle, and accidentally crashed into a bicycle rack. He failed to report the crash until the next day, was not forthcoming about how the crash occurred, and down played the damage, Gibbons said.
Brandon Roysden, who was hired in January 2004, made $53,041.30 a year when he was terminated.
Michelle Roysden said she has started divorce proceedings after less than a year of marriage and has a permanent injunction against her husband. She believes he is leaving Florida.
“I do believe that he was good at what he did as a police officer,” Michelle Roysden said. “In his personal life, he has some serious issues and needs help.”