Florida man arrested for impersonating deputy, pulling drivers over throughout Palm Beach, Broward

Investigators say Wellington man helped in arrest

WELLINGTON, Fla. -- - Broward County Sheriff's deputies are crediting a Wellington resident with stopping a man who investigators said was impersonating a law enforcement officer.

Tiago Monteiro, 23, was arrested on Friday after investigators said he took advantage of young and elderly drivers by pulling them over and telling them he was with the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

Court documents show Monteiro forcibly pulled his victims over and demanded proper documentation from the drivers.

"It was so bizarre. He was very agitated, very aggressive and at the same time, a bit of a bully the way he was acting," said William Bucknam of Wellington.

As he was driving home, Bucknam said he was pulled over by Monteiro who was driving a black, unmarked Volvo. Bucknam said Monteiro walked up to his window and flashed what looked like some sort of ID badge.

"(He was) making demands. Go here, go there. Do this, do that. I mean it was very strange," said Bucknam.

Being a lawyer and a former federal prosecutor, Bucknam said he felt something was not right. He started taking pictures with his camera phone of Monteiro. He then called police who showed and took control of the situation. Bucknam handed his photos over of the suspect and days later, Monteiro was arrested.

"I don't understand the purpose of it. What was he going to do if I handed over my license, registration and proof of insurance?" questioned Bucknam.

Former Boca Raton police chief and private investigator Andrew Scott said two types of people impersonate officers.

"It's a position of power for them and it's kind of thrill for them too," said Scott.

Scott said people either want to commit criminal acts or people are infatuated with becoming an officer but cannot cut it.

Investigators said Monteiro applied for the Broward County Sheriff's Office 14 times, most recently in March.

"His only other recourse is to make believe and making believe can be very serious and have some dangerous consequences," said Scott.

Bucknam said Monteiro ironically picked the wrong guy to pull over. He said he is just relieved he was able to help put an end to the situation.

"Who knows how many people he did this too before the day I met him?"

Investigators believe more victims could be out there that they do not know about. Anyone with information should call Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.

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