Arrest made in the brutally beaten case of Brennan Navarre in Palm Bay

Michael Hoffa of Melbourne, Florida.
Michael Hoffa of Melbourne, Florida.

Ever since 19-year-old Brennan Navarre was found brutally beaten and left on a roadway on December 31, 2019, the Palm Bay Police Department has been actively investigating leads in the case.

“Through evidence and statements provided by the victim, witnesses, and persons of interest, probable cause was developed for the arrest of Michael Hoffa, 22, of Melbourne,” Lt. Mike Smith told Sebastian Daily.

Smith said Hoffa was located and taken into custody without incident on Thursday, February 6, 2020.

Hoffa is being charged with Attempted Murder, Robbery with a Deadly Weapon, and Kidnapping.

Brennan Navarre of Melbourne, Florida.
Brennan Navarre of Melbourne, Florida.

On New Year’s Eve morning, at about 8:00 am, officers responded to the area of Wingham Drive in reference to an unresponsive man lying in the road, later identified as 19-year-old Brennan Navarre. Due to the significance of his injuries, the male was transported to a local hospital by Life Flight.

Until recently, Navarre was not able to speak with detectives because of his medical status.

Navarre’s case is still an active investigation, and anyone with information is urged to contact the Palm Bay Police Department at 321-952-3456 or contact Crime Line at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).

DISCLAIMER: Arrests and mugshots were made public by complaint affidavits, arrest affidavits, and police reports. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.