The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Kissimmee man Friday for impersonating a law enforcement officer in a carjacking case.
Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Humberto
Santiago, 34, 2755 Barclay Lane, Kissimmee, and charged him with carjacking, impersonating an officer, unlawful use of police badge dealing in stolen property.
The investigation began on Jan. 13, when deputies took a report of vehicle theft from 2885 Picadilly Circle in Poinciana. The victim told deputies an individual who identified himself as “Detective Santiago with the Orlando Police Department” knocked on his door and requested the keys to his car. The suspect told the victim his car was
reported stolen and he could either hand over the keys or go to jail. During the conversation, the suspect displayed a badge and set of handcuffs which intimidated the victim, so he handed over his keys, Sheriff’s Office reports stated. The victim was able to assist detectives with a composite sketch.
On Jan. 14, detectives obtained information the victim’s car might be at Driving Ambition, a car lot in Orlando. Detectives went to Driving Ambition and spoke with the owner who indicated he asked an individual he knows as “Javier,” his “repo man” to pick up the car, reports stated. He paid Javier $190 to deliver the car, but was unaware of the circumstances of how Javier obtained the vehicle.
Based on the victim’s composite and the information Driving Ambition’s owner provided, detectives identified the suspect as Humberto Javier Santiago-Claudio. He was brought in for questioning and cooperated with the investigation. Santiago-Claudio told
detectives he does not have a state license to repossess cars and is not officially employed with Driving Ambition, but receives cash from the owner, which he does not report to the government. He also told detectives he uses a modified badge and handcuffs as an intimidation factor. Detectives obtained a felony warrant for Santiago-Claudio’s arrest and he was booked into the Osceola County Jail.
Detectives are asking anyone who has had a similar incident to call the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at 407-348-2222 or Crimeline at (800) 423-TIPS (8477). Calls made to Crimeline remain anonymous, and tips that lead to the felony arrest of suspects and/or the recovery of stolen property and drugs are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000.