Suspects in Bland homicide investigation caught after pursuit in northern Florida, await extradition

Dave Marner
Managing Editor

Madison County (Florida) Sheriff’s Maj. David Harper detailed the arrest Thursday morning of Bland area residents Brooke Allison Buddemeyer and Aaron Michael “Foozball” Lewis in a press release posted to that agency’s website. 

According to Harper, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center received a call at 10:19 a.m. Dec. 6 from a concerned citizen reporting a suspicious vehicle parked on the side of South State Road 53. The vehicle was described as a black Nissan with a South Carolina license plate. The Nissan was occupied by a male and a female.

While responding to the vehicle, the deputy learned that the tag attached to the Nissan had been reported stolen, according to Harper. 

“As the deputy arrived, the driver, later identified as Aaron M. Lewis, started the car and fled at a high rate of speed northbound on State Road 53,” Harper reported. “The deputy initiated pursuit with his emergency lights and siren activated. Speeds quickly exceeded 100 miles per hour as other responding deputies joined in the pursuit. The pursuit continued into the city of Madison where deputies were assisted by officers from the Madison Police Department as Lewis turned west onto Base Street.”

The pursuit continued west at speeds of 115 miles per hour toward Greenville. 

Other responding deputies were able to get ahead of the pursuit and deploy tire deflation devices, disabling the Nissan, and successfully ending the pursuit, Harper reported.

“Lewis and his passenger, identified as Brooke A. Buddemeyer, were arrested without further incident,” according to Harper. 

Deputies learned that both Lewis and Buddemeyer were wanted in Missouri for second-degree murder in connection with the Nov. 25 shooting death of Jesse Robbins in a mobile home park in Bland. Felony warrants were issued Nov. 29 charging both with second-degree murder. Buddemeyer, alleged to have been the one who shot Robbins, is also charged with armed criminal action. Robbins was her step-father. 

A “nationwide attempt to locate” advisory had been issued by Gasconade County authorities, according to Harper. The couple had last been seen traveling together on the day of Robbins’ killing in a black Nissan with Missouri license plates.

Both Lewis and Buddemeyer were transported to the Madison County Jail where they remain as of Tuesday awaiting extradition back to Missouri.

“I would like to personally thank the citizen that called the Sheriff’s Office and alerted us to this vehicle,” Harper said in a statement. “I am extremely proud of our deputies and the officers of the Madison Police Department. Through a coordinated effort, two individuals wanted for murder in another state were arrested and taken off the streets in Madison County.”