Osceola prosecutors: Matthew Scheidt a danger to community

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla.,None — Prosecutors fear the teenager caught pretending to be a local physician assistant and a Miami cop is a danger to the community.

That phrase is from Thursday night's motion revoking 18-year-old Matthew Scheidt's bond after Osceola County detectives confirmed that some of his police gear might have been stolen.

The Osceola County Sheriff's Department issued a warrant for his arrest after it said Scheidt stole a non-functioning radio from the agency, then used it as a tool to impersonate a police officer.



Miami Beach police arrested Scheidt after he pulled up next to an officer in a white Crown Victoria and told the officer to buckle his seat belt.

Police said they found a loaded gun, a Taser, a badge, ID and a police radio in Scheidt's car. Osceola County detectives determined the police radio and the ID were from Osceola County.

"As far as the other items go it's unfortunate people can go online similar to law enforcement," Osceola County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Twis Lizasuain said.

Scheidt had been part of the agency's volunteer explorer program from 2007-2010. When he was terminated, he kept his ID, but Osceola County is now trying to figure out how he got the non-functioning radio.

In the meantime, Osceola County prosecutors filed a motion to keep him in jail. They said they believe he is a danger to the community.

This is Scheidt's third arrest. The teen is also accused of pretending to be physician assistant and treated patients at the Osceola County Regional Medical Center last summer.

Scheidt's attorney said his client should be able to bond out of jail and wants him to get evaluated by a psychiatrist.

Scheidt will stay in the Miami-Dade County Jail until he is extradited next week to the Osceola County Jail.

A hearing will be held to determine if he will be able to bond out of jail.

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