Thursday, August 16, 2018
Public safety

Accused of impersonating cops, man arrested again in Hillsborough

Tampa

Man impersonated officer, report says

Two days after being arrested on charges of impersonating a Homeland Security official, a man was accused Tuesday of claiming to be a police officer.

Jonathan Charles Stevens, 24, was arrested on two counts of impersonating a police officer.

Detectives said they learned he had tried to get a discount at a Tampa restaurant by showing a Homeland Security badge to the manager. He also tried to gain permission for a ride-along program using the same credentials, detectives said.

Stevens had been arrested Sunday after flashing emergency lights to stop a Tampa police officer and claiming to be a Homeland Security official, police say. He was carrying a Glock .45-caliber handgun. He was charged with impersonating a police officer, carrying a concealed firearm and unlawful use of a blue light.

Stevens was being held in the Hillsborough County Jail with no bail.

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