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Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014
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Tampa man re-arrested on charges of impersonating an officer


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The Tampa man who has been arrested several times for assuming a false police identity was arrested again on New Year’s Eve, the Tampa Police Department said.

Jonathan Charles Stevens was arrested Tuesday night on two counts of falsely impersonating a police officer and is being held at Orient Road Jail without bail, police said.

Stevens, 24, was arrested by Tampa police on Sunday night for impersonating a Homeland Security Officer.

After he posted bail, Tampa police detectives continued to investigate Stevens and learned that he had used his false badge before in the area.

On one occasion, he used a Homeland Security badge to get a law enforcement discount at a Tampa restaurant, police said. He also met with a city agency and used the Homeland Security badge to try to gain permission to participate in a ride-along program, police said.

On Sunday night, Tampa police arrested him after he used red and blue flashing lights in his Chevrolet Tahoe to stop a Tampa officer to alert the officer of a reckless driver in Ybor City.

He told the officer he wanted to report a reckless driver and said he was a Department of Homeland Security officer. Stevens said he had a Glock .45-caliber handgun and wore a badge around his neck.

The officer found that the vehicle was not a police or emergency vehicle and did not belong to a government agency. Stevens later admitted he was not a law enforcement officer and he does not have a concealed weapons permit, police said.

Stevens was released Monday morning after posting $17,500 bail, jail records show.

Records show that Stevens lists a home address in Manatee County and a home address in Palm River, according to Hillsborough County jail records.

Earlier this year, Stevens was arrested on similar charges in Manatee County.

Manatee sheriff’s deputies arrested Stevens on Sept. 7 after hearing a siren and watching him turn on blue and red lights on his Tahoe and pull a woman over in the parking lot of the Ellenton Outlet Mall. Deputies said they were sitting in an undercover vehicle in the parking lot when they heard a siren and saw the Tahoe pulling a young woman over.

After a brief interaction, the woman drove away and the driver of the Tahoe parked it in a fire lane and went into a coffee shop. Deputies ran the license plate of the Tahoe and found it was not registered to a law enforcement agency. They contacted the woman, who said the man who pulled her over told her he was an off-duty police officer.

Three days later, deputies showed up at Stevens’ home and arrested him.

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