Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Police: Man Posed As Officer To Lure Men


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Pinellas County paramedic with law enforcement training was arrested Monday, accused of trying to lure men into his car by pretending to be a police officer.

Police say 22-year-old Anthony Cusumano came up to two young men at Ballast Point Pier, telling them he was an undercover officer working sex crime cases. He flashed a badge and an identification card, the men told police.

The men doubted Cusumano’s story, and police officers came to the pier to check it out, said police spokeswoman Andrea Davis.

Inside Cusumano’s car, police found a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s badge, a bullet-proof vest, a siren, red and white emergency lights in the front and back of the car, two sets of handcuffs, a .40-caliber handgun, two 9mm Glock magazines, two gun belts and a laminated card printed with miranda warnings.

It wasn’t clear how he got the Sheriff’s Office badge, Davis said.

Cusumano was taken to the Hillsborough County jail on a charge of falsely impersonating a police officer. He posted $2,000 bail and was released, jail records show.

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