Police in St. Cloud, Florida, arrested a man they say attempted to lure two women into his vehicle by pretending to be an undercover officer.
The accused is Ramy Nashaat-Yousef Hanna, 34, who allegedly approached the women on Sept. 20 just after 11 p.m. outside a Crabby Bill’s restaurant, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Crabby Bill's touts itself as a “Florida Tradition known to consistently provide fresh seafood, a fun atmosphere, top notch service and a dining experience that will keep you coming back year after year.” The St. Cloud restaurant is “located on beautiful East Lake Toho in the Lakefront Park Marina” and “features panoramic views of the marina and lake from both our indoor and outdoor dining areas,” the restaurant’s website explains.
On Sept. 20, Crabby Bill’s also allegedly featured a creepy stalker. According to the police report, Hanna whistled and shouted at the two women customers while circling them in the parking lot. When he got out of his SUV and approached them, they retreated to a bench near the front of the restaurant.
Hanna then approached them, shined a flashlight in their faces, identified himself as a police officer and requested to see their driver’s licenses, according to police. When the women demanded to see his badge, he refused, saying he was working undercover.
The women then called 911, and in the recording they are heard telling a dispatcher the man was sitting in his car, staring at them. "He just flashed his lights at us," the caller said.
When police arrived, they apprehended Hanna as he was trying to leave. Upon searching his SUV, they found several “suspicious” items: four large rolls of plastic painter's cloth, a pair of disposable shoe guards and a clear plastic poncho.
Hanna was charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer and stalking, and is being held in the Osceola County Jail on $3,500 bail. The suspect, who has no criminal record, claims that he only said “hi” to the women, according to the police report.