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    Release Number: 15-273 (15-271)

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • May 27, 2015
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Impersonating A Law Enforcement Officer

    The suspect was arrested in Polk County.
    • Monday
    • May 25, 2015
    • Time: 9:55 AM
    • Clay Pit Road and Lemon Avenue
    • Seffner


    (Booking Photo courtesy of Polk County Sheriff's Office)
    Marcos Felix Hernandez-Gonzalez
    DOB: 10/17/1979
    522 Kingfisher Drive
    Kissimmee, FL 34759


    • Robbery with a Firearm
    • Armed Kidnapping with a Firearm
    • Impersonating a Police Officer
    • Grand Theft


    Jose Reyes
    DOB: 6-15-80
    Seffner, FL


    On May 25, 2015, at 9:55 am, the defendant, Marcos Felix Hernandez-Gonzalez, while impersonating a law enforcement officer, conducted an illegal traffic stop on the victim by flashing his headlights and beeping the horn at Clay Pit Road and Lemon Avenue in Seffner.

    Hernandez-Gonzalez then approached the passenger side of the victim's vehicle, flashed police credentials and identified himself as a law enforcement narcotics officer. Hernandez-Gonzalez lifted his shirt and displayed a pistol and opened the passenger side door of the victim's vehicle. Hernandez-Gonzalez ordered the victim out of his vehicle and told him he had a warrant for his arrest for failure to pay child support.

    Hernandez-Gonzalez searched the victim, and ordered him to place his wallet containing $1000 dollars, along with his car keys and the victim's car keys and cellular telephone in a plastic bag. Hernandez-Gonzalez told the victim he would have to search the victim's vehicle and ordered the victim to sit in the back seat of Hernandez-Gonzalez's vehicle.

    While sitting in the back seat of Hernandez-Gonzalez's vehicle, Hernandez-Gonzalez told him he could take care of the warrant if he produced a check stub. The victim complied and was ordered to go back to his vehicle. As the victim returned to his vehicle, Hernandez-Gonzalez fled with the victim's property.

    Hernandez-Gonzalez actions placed a well founded fear in the victim that he would face great bodily harm, if he did not comply with Hernandez-Gonzalez's orders. The victim's passenger door was processed for latent fingerprints and they were identified as belonging to Hernandez-Gonzalez. The victim was shown a photo line up and he positively identified Hernandez-Gonzalez as the person
    who committed the above offenses.

    Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office issued an arrest warrant for Hernandez-Gonzalez and he was located and arrested by the Polk County Sheriff's Office in Polk County.  Hernandez-Gonzalez was booked into the Polk County Jail earlier this morning.

    HCSO is working closely with the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the Lakeland Police Department and the Haines City Police Department who are also conducting criminal investigations related to Hernandez-Gonzalez with additional charges pending.

    On behalf of all the investigative agencies, HCSO is asking the general public to take a close look at Hernandez-Gonzalez and to contact their local law enforcement agency if they have had any contact or know of someone who may have had contact with Hernandez-Gonzalez while he was impersonating a law enforcement officer.

    Summary of Hernandez-Gonzalez's prior criminal history from New Jersey:

    Total Felony Convictions: 15

    07/12/2001 - Union City PD

    Theft by Extortion
    01/20/2006 - Kearny PD
    Receiving Stolen Property
    Wrongful Impersonating
    Credit Card Fraud

    04/07/2008 - Union City PD
    Hindering Apprehension
    Possess CD or Analog
    Possess Imitation Firearm

    04/8/2008 - Jersey City PD
    Simple Assault

    05/27/2008 - Woodbridge PD
    Wrongful Impersonating

    03/28/2010 - Evesham Township PD
    Robbery by Injury Threat
    Robbery by Injury Threat
    Robbery by Injury Threat
    Robbery by Injury Threat
    Impersonating a Law Enforcement

    04/09/2010 - Newark PD
    Credit Card Crime
    Credit Card Theft
    Impersonating a Law Enforcement

    05/06/2010 - New Brunswick PD
    Theft of Move-able Property
    Fraud Use of Credit Card
    Impersonate a Public Servant

    05/10/2010 - Middlesex County Workhouse
    Theft from Spouse
    Impersonating a Law Enforcement

    06/23/2010 - SP Tnpke Moorestown
    Criminal Restraint Injury Risk
    Impersonating a Law Enforcement
    Possess Weapon Unlawful Purpose
    Unlawful Possess of Handgun

    05/25/2011 - Hudson County SO
    Theft by Deception
    Credit Card Theft
    Impersonating a Law Enforcement
    Fraud Use Credit Card

    12/22/2014 - ICE ERO New Jersey
    Deportable Alien


    The investigation continues.

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