Arrest Made in Deadly Melbourne Fire: Suspect Faces Murder and Arson Charges

On November 15, 2023, at 9:53 am, emergency services rushed to 1827 Guava Ave in Melbourne following reports of a structure fire. Upon arrival, responders found the back porch ablaze and discovered David Herles, a victim with severe burns. Herles was transported to HRMC and later to ORMC’s burn center via helicopter. Despite medical efforts, he passed away at 11:26 pm the same day.

The back porch, serving as temporary shelter for Theodore Thomas Noe and recently granted to Herles, was the focal point of the incident. Both individuals were unhoused.

Subsequent to a thorough investigation by Melbourne Police Detectives, Crime Scene Investigators, and a state arson investigator, an arrest warrant for Theodore Noe was secured on April 26, 2024. The charges against Noe include First Degree Felony Murder and Arson of Dwelling.

Acting on information received on April 29, 2024, officers from the Port Orange Police Department located and arrested Noe without resistance. Noe is presently in custody at the Volusia County Correctional Facility with no bond, awaiting extradition back to Brevard County.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Melbourne Police Department (321-608-6731), Detective Hazelett (321) 608-6462, or the Central Florida Crimeline (800-423-TIPS).

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