Man pretended to be a deputy for parking spot, Orange County deputies say

Man charged with impersonating officer

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Jose Ortiz

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Orange County deputies arrested a man they say was claiming to be a cop conducting an investigation so he could get a parking spot.

Jose Ortiz, 49, was arrested on Sunday afternoon and charged with impersonating an officer.

Deputies said Ortiz told the clerk at the Lakeview Inn on South Orange Blossom Trail he was investigating corrupt deputies and security personnel at Club Q-Rico and needed to park at the inn.

According to the report, Ortiz told another man he was a cop and if the man tried to tow his car, he would arrest him.

When deputies found and arrested Ortiz, he had a Taser, pepper-spray and handcuffs on his utility belt. He also had an Orange County Sheriff's Office sticker on his car, according to the report.

He was booked into Orange County jail.

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