OVIEDO, Fla. - An 18-year-old is accused of impersonating a police officer in order to get in contact with his ex-girlfriend while she was at work.
Brenden Remel's first run-in with law enforcement was August 9, when Oviedo police said an argument between Remel and his ex-girlfriend turned physical.
"We've seen these types of incidents escalate in the past," said Lt. Mike Beavers with Oviedo police.
Remel allegedly put his ex-girlfriend in a headlock and punched her multiple times that night. Investigators said the victim then got a restraining order against Remel.
According to police, Remel called the victim 50 times following the incident, and later called her workplace claiming to be a police officer. Officers said the teenager even provided a badge number.
"When someone identifies themselves as a law enforcement officer, in this case even though it was over the telephone, it is a felony of the third degree to do so," said Beavers.
According to an arrest report, Remel told the employee he needed to talk with a doctor at the workplace because she was facing felony charges.
The teen was later arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer, stalking and violating an injunction. Channel 9 went to Remel's home to get his side of the story, but no one there would discuss the case.