Florida cop impersonator busted in escort brawl

Hypothetical scenario: You find an escort online. You head to a hotel to meet said escort. You pay her, but before any sex happens, she kicks you out. Would you brush it off?

Or would you instead dress up as a cop in an attempt to confront her, even if you could be arrested by real cops shortly after?

A Florida man named Ian Enrique Naveira chose the latter. On Nov. 12, the 28-year-old Boynton Beach resident allegedly made contact with a 24-year-old woman on Backpage.com, who then agreed to meet at a Super 8 in Lantana, Florida. According to court documents, she took $80 from him, but didn’t hold up her end of the deal.

The disgruntled Naveira left, procured a tactical vest and hat belonging to his father, a USDA inspector (who was obviously clueless about the whole thing), and confronted the woman and her boyfriend at the hotel. They called 911, claiming Naveira was doing a “bad impression” of a police officer.

The hat he was wearing was emblazoned with a United States Department of Agriculture logo. That might have tipped off the couple.

Naveira started to brawl with the boyfriend. Then the actual cops showed up.

This is some next-level Ronnie Dobbs foolery.  

Naveira is currently being held on one count of impersonating a law enforcement officer. Stories like these are why the @_FloridaMan Twitter exists. Earlier this week, another Boynton Beach man was arrested for pulling a gun on his trainer, who’d simply asked him to put away his weights. Never change, Florida.

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Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.