Man arrested for impersonating Orlando police officer

Humberto Javier Santiago had badge, handcuffs to intimidate victim, police say

By Shaun Chaiyabhat - Reporter

ORLANDO, Fla. - Osceola County deputies arrested a man for pretending to be a cop in order to repossess a car, and they fear there could be more victims.

Deputies said Humberto Javier Santiago had a badge and handcuffs to intimidate his victim into handing over car keys earlier this month.

He told the victim he was "Detective Santiago with the Orlando Police Department."

Deputies said it started at an Orlando car dealership,  where Santiago got paid under the table as an unlicensed and unofficial repo man. They said the dealer paid him cash to pick up a car from the victim's Poinciana home. That's when deputies said he grabbed the fake badge and handcuffs and threatened the car's owner with jail time, saying it was stolen and he needed to hand over the keys.

"I think I'd have to ask him why, the reason, surely. I don't know what a proper policeman looks like," said Brian Glasscock, who lives a few doors down from the victim. "If he's got a gun and he's got a badge, then naturally I'd take it that he's a policeman."

Deputies said the victim was scared, but knew something was not right and reported his car stolen.

Now, deputies need to know if there are any other victims. If you think you might be a victim, call the Osceola County Sheriff's Office or the Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.

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