HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has arrested an individual for impersonating a law enforcement officer in Hillsborough County and pointing a gun at a man during the incident.
New Jonm Charles Sr., 38, is now facing several charges including Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Just after noon, on Thursday, May 26, 2022, a road rage incident occurred between Charles Sr. and the victim near Busch Boulevard and Dale Mabry Highway N. As a result, Charles Sr. activated red and blue lights within his vehicle causing the victim to pull over.
Once the victim stopped his vehicle, Charles Sr. drove to the driver’s side of the victim’s vehicle and instructed the victim to “follow him to the police station,” and pointed a handgun at the victim’s head.
In fear for their life, the victim fled and was able to flag down a deputy sheriff who was nearby. HCSO deputies made contact with Charles Sr. and the victim in the parking lot of the Express Oil Change located at 3861 Waters Avenue West.
Deputies arrested Charles Sr., searched the vehicle, and found a light system, a black handgun, a bolt action rifle, multiple forms of ammunition, several different types of false badges and identification cards, a tactical carrier with ballistic plates, three radios, and a black jacket depicting “Sheriff” in gold on the back.
“Impersonating a law enforcement officer is dangerous and deceitful and it will not be tolerated,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “If you are ever being pulled over by a car you feel is suspicious, turn on your hazard lights, slow down and keep driving until you reach a well-lit area. You can always call 911 to confirm whether or not you are being pulled over by a real law enforcement officer.”
This investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone who believes they may be a victim of Charles Sr., please contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at (813)247-8200.