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Man accused of posing as FBI agent, attacking St. Petersburg police officers

ST. PETERSBURG — A man is accused of posing as an FBI agent and escaping from a patrol car by kicking out a window early Sunday, police said.

Kristopher Chase Haas, 23, of Osteen, was asked to move away from the door at Vintage Ultra Lounge at 16 Second St. N about 1 a.m. He refused, claimed he was an FBI agent, pretended to reach into his pocket and then punched a man in the face, an arrest report shows.

When officers arrived, Haas also told them he was an undercover FBI agent and couldn't provide any identification.

Haas was arrested and locked in the back of a patrol car, but he kicked out a window and climbed out of the vehicle, a report shows. When he was detained again, police said Haas struck several officers.

He faces charges of impersonating an officer, criminal mischief, battery and three counts of battery on an officer. He was booked into the Pinellas County jail, where he remained Monday afternoon in lieu of $41,000 bail.

Man accused of posing as FBI agent, attacking St. Petersburg police officers 07/30/12 [Last modified: Monday, July 30, 2012 3:33pm]
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