Teen poses as hospital worker, police officer
Imposter facing 40 years behind bars
- Duration 6:39
- Date Aug 9, 2012
Imposter facing 40 years behind bars
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Shortly first though the news begins -- -- UN officials have just released police interrogation video of the teenager accused of impersonating a hospital worker.
And treating patients at a Florida hospital.
Impersonating a hospital worker while.
In them that now eighteen year old -- know medical training at all -- is.
Admits he performed CPR on a woman who overdosed on drugs and he explains he had to look at the doctor left the room.
He says you need take over DR.
Targeted in terror like a minute you know exploited as well there are -- in America and that you know -- want to do over the -- nobody -- -- there.
-- nobody I don't know I don't know it had to do it.
Investigators say the teenager was supposed to be working in the billing department.
But he claims he mistakenly got a physician's assistant back edge mistakenly somehow don't know.
He told the cops he would hold patients' hands during procedures.
That he walked around the steps that stethoscope and a lab coat and learned medical terminology so he -- quote sound like an idiot.
But officials say he has a history of -- his identity the cops arrested him a few months after that interrogation on charges of impersonating an officer.
And the Orlando sentinel newspaper's reporting that the team try to get credentials at another hospital a year earlier.
The same hospital that reportedly caught him posing as a nurse back in 2007 when he was all together now thirteen years old.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Well -- -- was actually driving -- unmarked police -- show up in South Florida even pulling people lower for not wearing their seat belt that he pulled up next to another unmarked police car.
And the real cop noticed that Matthew shot I was actually pretending to be your real cop so he questioned him and then he.
Busted -- and they found on him listen this a sheriff's badge.
A 38 caliber handgun.
A taser police radio handcuffs and an ankle holster doctors say these are clear signs of a dangerous wannabes let's.
You're putting something over on.
If you will people who some may see is their superiors of their -- I can do this not that Smart -- not that prestigious I can fake my way through this and that's exciting to me to prove that.
And the Osceola county sheriff's department had to kick him out of their juniors shares program a few years ago because he kept wearing gear during situations where police.
Actually thought he was an actual police office.
Sounds like somebody needed a time out -- he does he get does he give police any explanation for his -- He says he's always wanted to be a cop that he's always wanted to be a doctor but aside from giving that one woman CPR that you mentioned he says that he did not perform anything on any other patients -- You mean you Christian Catholic yes.
Brokers Chris and yeah he's working on -- -- -- -- -- the -- -- -- there is nothing else done about it I swear to god I didn't you know I don't know that I'd also probably the map.
And he -- homework on all of these impersonation when the police busted -- they say he spoke perfect lingo same goes for the medical jargon here's how we study listen.
I think what -- thought I'd be like before it is.
You know sort of trying to read over -- -- everything.
Well I don't know yet.
Just that audience and television.
To borrow borrow you know bulls.
One of the library.
But about how little it was easy to.
Yeah also -- -- budget -- -- ball and he should hope the jury takes pity on him because his kids facing forty years in jail.
-- while Trace Gallagher live with -- forty years for that.
-- lawyers are here prosecutor Randy -- and criminal defense attorney drew -- both of them with us this afternoon -- forty years.
Forget about the forty years -- we talk a lot about the show on the show about knowledge.
And intent when it comes to crimes well ladies and gentlemen you're seeing it in living color.
This young man and a man not a -- -- -- that he was not a physician's assistant he intended.
To pretend that he was what he knew exactly what he was doing he knew exactly what he was trying to get away with.
He intended to get over -- the blame it on the hospital.
But for the fact that he pretended to be a physician's assistant.
He would not have been left alone with a docked there where the doctor felt comfortable leaving the room now we have to perform CPR and oh by the way at any time he could have said you know what.
Cut out for this -- so -- could have -- he -- take responsibility and he needs to be punished.
I've ordered through -- taking the other side on that we've had a power -- -- Atlanta.
And we're working actually he's back now -- drew you said don't make this kid a scapegoat for the hospitals incompetence.
-- You know.
First of all having walked the tightrope maybe way to resolve the cases let him try to impersonate a tightrope walker and then if he makes that you dismiss all charges against the interest but I do you think.
It would be and what's up with Central Florida are anyways this guy's gonna Jordan Zimmermann -- Hillary cop wannabe -- I mean that that you've got to look at the hospital well I mean how does this -- listen.
This set aside one thing this kid has some catch me if you can.
Psychological problems and there's no doubt that he's being psychiatric -- of evaluated for why he tries to be an impostor.
That's a no brainer but we cannot lose sight of the fact that a high school kid has gone into a hospital and got away with it.
And we do not need to -- -- ourselves from the real attention because that's the scary.
Part of this giving -- and maybe -- 4000 word essay don't put him away for forty years.
I -- listen I don't think that this kid needs to be thrown into jail nobody was hurt as a result of what he did.
I think we need to evaluate the kid he needs to be educated he needs to be treated but what are we gonna be thrown in jail who got hurt because -- -- you -- got hurt.
Our confidence in the hospital that a hospital would let this happen we do not need to throw this kid in a jail he did not hurt anybody -- I think what you did.
Randy disagrees and I -- -- -- look at this picture does this guy look where is he does he look just a little bit like the Barefoot Bandit.
-- the bare foot -- he had his own animation on this program but don't don't don't don't don't remember that -- he's off to the whose scale we'll see what happens this and we'll let you know guys that.
Hot there any debate but they can.
Govern -- governor --