CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - A Clearwater man who claimed to be an officer with the Central Intelligence Agency is behind bars.
An arrest report says 23-year-old Derek Martin approached a woman on Clearwater Beach Sunday evening and identified himself as a CIA agent with the anti-terrorism unit. He asked her for help in finding someone involved in terrorist activities, showed her a gun and a badge that read: U.S. Special Agent 767. The woman called police.
Officers later discovered Martin was a member of the Air Force and had no connection to the CIA. It was not immediately known if the badge was authentic.
Martin was arrested and charged with falsely impersonating an officer and carrying a firearm in the open. He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail on $5,250 bail.