Career Criminal Impersonates Officer, Arrests Woman

Florida law enforcement has arrested a serial impersonator after he was once again caught impersonating a police officer — this time going so far as to arrest a woman and bring her to jail.

The man was later identified as Christopher Levins, a convicted felon, after Orange County Sheriff’s agents reviewed footage that the suspect took of his actions.

According to authorities, Levins’ video showed him “dressed in a manner consistent with a law enforcement officer” — which included “body armor, handcuffs and other police equipment.”

The footage showed the suspect approach a woman, identifying her by her name and informing her about a supposed warrant for her arrest. Levins reportedly placed the woman in handcuffs, put her in his vehicle and drove her to Lake County Jail. Shockingly, the career criminal even walked the woman into the building while continuing to impersonate a police officer.

Agents ultimately traveled to New York to speak with the woman who Levins had apprehended, according to The National Desk. There, the woman explained to the agents that she believed that Levins was a police officer from Leesburg, Florida.

“[The suspect] advised that had she known he was not a law enforcement officer, she would not have allowed him to secure her in handcuffs or take her to jail,” authorities said, according to the outlet.

Levins was arrested on April 4 and charged him with kidnapping, spending five days in jail before being released on a $50,000 bond. It is thus far unclear when the incident took place.

The suspect has a lengthy rap sheet that includes charges for possession of a concealed weapon, possession of a counterfeit ID and possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon. He has also been arrested several times in the past for impersonating a police officer, a firefighter and even a Homeland Security official.

He was charged by the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office in 2016 for the impersonation of a Department of Homeland Security official during a visit to a youth detention center where he was previously incarcerated, as employees of the facility recognized him.

Levins was also arrested in 2017 by the University of South Florida Police Department after allegedly posing as a police officer to impress female college students. According to a Polk County affidavit from 2016, he also posed “as a fireman assigned to the Bomb and Arson Squad with the Orlando Fire Department” and as a K9 trainer.

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