NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - We have new details tonight about why investigators say a man pretended to be everything from a Coast Guard Lieutenant to a member of the CIA. Investigators say Roy Antigua did it for more than 20 years.
Pasco County Sheriff's Deputies released surveillance video from the Pasco County Courthouse showing Antigua walking through security and past sheriff's deputies late last month. Sheriff Chris Nocco said, "He showed a badge to members of the Pasco Sheriff's Office and stated that he was a member of the CIA."
Antigua sat in a waiting area and left moments later. Investigators say he did not put anyone at risk or go into any restricted areas. They tell us he's breached security there 4 times. Sheriff Nocco said, "He is cool, calm, collected. He knows what he's been doing. It's almost like an actor. whose been doing this day in and day out."
New Port Richey Police Chief James Steffens is spearheading the investigation. Chief Steffens said, "It's not illegal to wear costumes. We do it everyday out there. What our issue was is when you wear that costume. You leave that front door and you cross that line. That criminal line."
Investigators say Antigua impersonated members of NASA's space shuttle crew, Air Force veterans, even a doctor. They say he has name badges, a medical bag and had a light strip, similar to law enforcement, in his SUV.
Authorities tell us when they interviewed Antigua, he was remorseful and gave an explanation of why he committed the crimes. Bruce Cohen with the Pasco Sheriff's Office conducted the interview. Cohen said, "He just told us that he had self-confidence issues and that by doing this, it makes him feel better."
Antigua is in jail on a violation of probation charge. Investigators say he's been acting peculiar, asking detention deputies when he's going to get him new uniform, referring to their law enforcement clothing.
Detectives have received more than 100 tips about this case from as far away as North Florida. If you have any information about this case, you're asked to call the New Port Richey Police Department at (727) 841-4553.
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