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Man poses as Pinellas LEO, holds men at gunpoint

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Posted at 3:50 PM, Mar 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-07 15:50:07-05

A Clearwater man opened his front door to find a gun pointed at his face and a man posing as a Pinellas County deputy, an arrest report states.

Pablo Estrada, 33, who goes by the alias Pablo Escobar, of 2065 N. Betty Lane #2, is now facing aggravated assault charges.

Clearwater Police say Estrada went to a home in the 1900 block of Byram Drive around 3 a.m. Friday.

According to police, Estrada called out the homeowner's name as he knocked on the front door.

The alleged victim, believing it was someone knew, opened the front door and was staring down the barrel of a black semi-automatic handgun being held by Estrada, an arrest report states.

Another man in the residence came out of a back bedroom and also reportedly saw Estrada pointing a gun at the alleged victim.

Police say the alleged victim was able to quickly slam the door and lock it.  He then called police.

The alleged victim says after shutting the door, Estrada continued banging on the door and shouted, "Pinellas County Sheriff's Office!"

Estrada then took off driving in a silver, four door Nissan Altima.

He was apprehended about three hours later.