Teen impersonating police officer back in custody
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A teen accused of impersonating a police officer is back in custody.
Matthew Scheidt, 18, is back in Miami-Dade County Jail as of Friday morning, after police said they accidentally released him from the county jail.
Authorities said they orginally arrested Scheidt after they found him with an officer's badge, T-shirts and several weapons, Wednesday night. "Several other items were found in the vehicle, to include an Osceola County badge, several T-shirts from the same county, one that said 'Sheriff's Deputy' on it, as well as a Taser," said Miami Beach Police detective Juan Sanchez.
According to sources, a Miami Beach undercover officer was driving on the streets of Miami Beach when he spotted Scheidt's car, which looked suspicious. The officer then started a conversation with Scheidt and asked him if he was a police officer. Scheidt allegedly responded that he was.
Last year, authorities arrested Scheidt for impersonating a physician's assistant and examining patients at Osceola Regional Medical Center, near Orlando. A hearing for this case is set for March 6.
At the time of last year's arrest, the 18-year-old's father said, "If you can come up with a reason, I'm all ears. I don't know if I need to get him some psychiatric help. I don't know," Matthew Scheidt Sr. said. "I'm embarrassed. I'm floored. I love him, and those are the best things that I can say right now as a parent. I'm scratching my head right now. I'm scratching my head so hard that my hair is probably gonna fall out."
Police said Scheidt later admitted that he was not a real police officer.
Scheidt is facing serious charges related to Wednesday's incident.
Officials are now trying to determine why Scheidt was released from jail in the first place.
Photo Courtesy Miami Beach Police Dept.
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