Via: Bay News 9:
As part of an elaborate stash of disguises, Roy Antigua flashed his CIA credentials and effortlessly passed through security three separate times at the Pasco County Courthouse, Sheriff Chris Nocco said Friday.
The only problem: his ID was fake.
The 53-year-old suspect was captured on surveillance video each time, but he was never called out for having false identification and no one ever noticed he wasn’t supposed to be there. “He is cool, calm, collected,” Nocco said of Antigua’s trips into the courthouse. “He knows what he’s doing. It’s almost like an actor.” But his actions have led to four felony charges for allegedly impersonating law enforcement.
Investigators received hundreds of tips about Antigua after our story aired this week, including a call from a court bailiff who pointed out his trips through security. “He claimed he did nothing malicious,” Detective Bruce Cohen said. “He just told us he had self-confidence issues and that by doing this, it makes him feel better.”
Detectives believe the most recent incidents are just the tip of an iceberg. In fact, they now believe Antigua has been donning disguises for more than 20 years.
Via: Tampa Bay Times:
A stranger in a Coast Guard uniform introduced himself to New Port Richey police Chief James Steffens. It was a Memorial Day event at a cemetery. The man said he was Lt. Cmdr. Roy Antigua, and he sat next to the chief in a special section for officials.
“Everybody around there thought that he was the real deal,” Steffens said.
But it turns out Antigua is a man of many identities and disguises, none of which appear to be real, authorities said.
“We need to know, from start to finish,” Steffens said at a news conference Monday, “who is Roy Antigua?”
So far, authorities have found out he is from Cuba and has family in Miami. He is single. And he owns a worrisome hoard of law enforcement, military and medical uniforms, badges, identification cards and supplies, discovered when Antigua’s home was searched after he was arrested on an unrelated charge.
Antigua, 52, had a NASA uniform. U.S. Customs. The Navy. The CIA. Secret Service. Homeland Security. Dozens of military medals. A flight helmet and flight instructor badge. A Boy Scout troop leader uniform.
Officers found a suitcase full of medical scrubs and a black leather doctor’s bag with instruments. Antigua had badges saying he was a physician’s assistant. There was a photo of Antigua in scrubs holding a newborn. Steffens said his team is investigating to find out where that was taken and what role Antigua played.
Investigators also found ammunition for semiautomatic guns and assault rifles, but no weapons. Antigua’s shiny black Cadillac Escalade with dark tinted windows had a Department of Homeland Security registration sticker and a Coast Guard license plate. He had blue flashing lights and handcuffs.
Authorities are trying to figure out if Antigua was using this vast stockpile to impersonate characters, such as at the Memorial Day event, and how far his imaginations reached.
“Is he really a threat or is he someone who is living a very involved fantasy life?” Steffens said, standing behind seven tables full of seized items.
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