Venice realtor accused of pretending to be a cop
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Venice realtor accused of pretending to be a cop


GOOD EVENING. I’M KEITH CATE. I’M JENNIFER LEIGH. THANKS FOR JOINING US TONIGHT. A FRIGHTENING EXPERIENCE ONE FAMILY WILL NEVER FORGET, A WELL KNOWN VENICE REAL ESTATE AGENT PRETENDING TO BE AN ARMED COP. PETER BERNARD IS ON THE NIGHTBEAT IN SARASOTA COUNTY AND, PETER, YOU SPOKE TO THE VICTIM. Reporter: SHE’S STILL SHAKING AND WORRIED ABOUT THE INCIDENT THAT HAPPENED RIGHT HERE NOT FAR FROM HER HOME. SHE SAYS THIS ENTIRE ORDEAL HAS HER TERRIFIED. AS THE WOMEN MADE THEIR WAY SOUTH ON JACARANDA BOULEVARD, THEY TOLD A SARASOTA DEPUTY THEY NOTICED A WHITE TRUCK DRIVING RECKLESSLY BEHIND AND BESIDE THEM. I WAS PANICKED, CRYING, NERVOUS. I HAD LIKE A HUMUNGOUS HEADACHE PAIN GOING THROUGH MY LEFT HAND. Reporter: AS THEY PREPARED TO TURN INTO THE VENTURA VILLAGE SUBDIVISION, THEY REPORT CURT WALMA BLOCKED THE ENTRANCE, GOT OUT OF HIS TRUCK AND WAVED THEM OVER. THE VICTIM THOUGHT WALMA WAS A COP. I THOUGHT HE WAS, BUT THEN A POLICE OFFICER FOR ME DON’T ACT THAT WAY. THE ANSWER IS GO WITH YOUR GUT. THEY KNEW SOMETHING DIDN’T SEEM RIGHT. THIS GENTLEMAN WASN’T IN ANY SORT OF UNIFORM. HE WASN’T IN A MARKED VEHICLE. SOMETHING DIDN’T FEEL RIGHT. Reporter: THE REAL DEPUTY REPORTS WALMA TOLD THE WOMEN HE HAD A GUN IN HIS TRUCK AND TOLD THEM SEVERAL TIMES HE’S A POLICE OFFICER. ON HIS VENICE REAL ESTATE COMPANY WEBSITE WALMA STATES, “I AM 100% TRUTHFUL IN ALL MY REAL ESTATE DEALINGS.” DEPUTIES SAY WALMA PULLED UP NOSE TO NOSE ABOUT THE LADY’S CAR. BEFORE LEAVING THE VICTIM TELLS ME HE SCRATCHED HER CAR AND THREW SOMETHING HITTING THE DRIVER’S DOOR. I STOPPED BY HIS HOUSE AND EXCHANGED A FEW TEXTS WITH WALL MARKS BUT HE WOULD NOT AGREE TO — WALMA, BUT HE WOULD NOT AGREE TO TALK. ALWAYS LOOK FOR A MARKED PATROL CAR, A UNIFORM AND IF YOU HAVE DOUBTS, CALL 911 YOURSELF. I HAVE TO BE LOOKING AT WHO IS FOLLOWING ME AND AT NIGHTTIME I’M AFRAID NOW AT NIGHTTIME. Reporter: YEAH. AND I LIVE BY MYSELF. Reporter: CURT WALMA IS OUT ON BOND CHARGED WITH A FELONY IMPERSONATING AN OFFICER AND A

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