A Golden Gate Estates man is accused of pulling a handgun on another man outside a North Naples bar early Wednesday.
Around 2 a.m., two men told Collier deputies they saw a large man outside South Street bar, 1410 Pine Ridge Road, grabbing a woman who was trying to get away. The two men said they yelled at the man, later identified as Rosemel Rua, to let her go.
Rua then flashed them a badge and told them he was a cop. The men began to argue and Rua retrieved a handgun from his car and pointed it at the two men who were trying to intervene, according to an arrest report.
The two men said they immediately jumped in a taxi and called the Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies later found Rua and his friend Yancarlos Rivera outside the bar. A fully loaded .40-caliber handgun was found in Rua’s truck and a badge was found in his pocket, according to reports.
Rua, 34, of the 14900 block of Coastal Bay Circle, denied getting in an argument with anyone or identifying himself as an officer. He was arrested to face charges of aggravated assault and impersonating a law enforcement officer in the commission of a felony.
During the investigation, deputies said Rivera was “aggressive” and broke a radar antenna inside a patrol car. Rivera, 22, of Fort Lauderdale, faces a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief.