Protective order dismissed against former Collier deputy accused of plot to kidnap family

Cpl. Brandon Roysden, 38, of the Collier County Sheriff's Office

Cpl. Brandon Roysden, 38, of the Collier County Sheriff's Office

— Collier Circuit Judge Elizabeth Krier dismissed an injunction for protection against former Collier County sheriff's deputy Brandon Roysden this morning because Roysden's ex-girlfriend, Ashley Dryden, who filed for the injunction in April, did not appear in court on time for the 11 a.m. hearing.

When she did arrive about 10 minutes later, Dryden, 25, declined comment. However, her brother, Tyler Johnson, called the whole situation a “big misunderstanding,” and said Dryden wanted the injunction dismissed.

Roysden, 38, also did not appear at the hearing, but was represented by his attorney, Kristen E. Rodger. Today's hearing was reset from June 30, when Dryden also failed to appear in court.

Roysden was arrested July 7 on charges that he violated the injunction when a deputy found him with his ear to the door of Dryden's North Naples apartment at about 3 a.m. Roysden told the deputy that Johnson had told him to come to the apartment so he could help Roysden move, a claim that Johnson denied, according to an arrest report.

Dryden filed for the injunction in mid-April around the time Roysden was arrested on charges that he was stalking her at a local restaurant. The State Attorney's Office dropped the charges after Dryden and her mother recanted their sworn statements and new evidence emerged supporting Roysden's case.

Roysden, who was formerly a corporal with the Sheriff's Office, made headlines earlier this year when the agency began investigating allegations that he had plotted with a group of young Golden Gate men, whom he knew through his work with juvenile offenders, to kidnap his estranged wife and her family. Roysden planned to save them, be a hero and reconcile his marriage, authorities believe.

The State Attorney’s Office declined to pursue the case due to a lack of evidence. However, Roysden was fired in early April.

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