Man Arrested for Impersonating an Officer

On the morning of May 25, 2015, M. Felix Hernandez-Gonzalez of Kissimmee, conducted an illegal traffic stop while impersonating an officer. He flashed his headlights and beeped his horn at the victim at Clay Pit Road and Lemon Avenue in Seffner, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

After getting the victim to pull over, Hernandez-Gonzalez approached the passenger side of the victim’s vehicle, quickly flashed his law enforcement credentials and told the victim that he was a narcotics officer. The suspect then lifted up his shirt and displayed a pistol before opening the passenger side door of the victim’s vehicle.

Hernandez-Gonzalez then ordered the victim to step outside of his vehicle, and told him that he had a warrant for his arrest for not paying child support. The suspect searched the victim, and ordered him to deposit his wallet, which contained $1,000 cash, his car keys and cellular phone into a plastic bag.

Hernandez-Gonzalez said that he was going to have to search the victim’s vehicle, and ordered the victim to walk over and sit in the back of his vehicle while he conducted the search.

As the victim sat in the backseat of the suspect’s vehicle, Hernandez-Gonzalez told them that if he produced a check stub that he would be able to take care of the victim’s warrant. The victim produced a check stub and was ordered to return to his personal vehicle.

The victim returned to his vehicle and Hernandez-Gonzalez fled the scene with the victim’s wallet, cash, and cell phone.

The suspect’s actions placed the victim in reasonable fear of bodily harm if he did not comply with the suspect’s orders. The authorities processed the victim’s passenger door for fingerprints; they were identified as belonging to Hernandez-Gonzalez, who has a long rap sheet in New Jersey. He was also positively identified by the victim in a photo lineup.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant for Hernandez-Gonzalez, who was arrested by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and booked into the Polk County Jail.

Hernandez-Gonzalez, 35, is facing charges for robbery with a firearm, armed kidnapping with a firearm, grand theft, and impersonating a police officer, according the HCSO.

Hernandez-Gonzalez has been convicted of over a dozen offenses in New Jersey, including theft by extortion, simple assault, theft, forgery, credit card theft, impersonating a public servant, kidnapping, and unlawful possession of handgun.

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