Officers arrest alleged Secret Service impostor
A man who attempted to enter the town by telling police he worked for the U.S. Secret Service and needed to protect a diplomat was arrested Tuesday evening at a 24-hour police checkpoint, according to a Palm Beach police report. The security checkpoint was put in place in the wake of Hurricane Irma to control access to the island.
Luan Gabriel Da Rocha Cruz, 22, was arrested at 7:42 p.m. on a federal charge of impersonating a Secret Service officer, accord- ing to the report. Town police assisted the West Palm Beachbased federal officers who made the arrest after determining Cruz did not work for the Secret Service.
Officers suspected Cruz was entering the island with criminal intent, and police acted ap- propriately, Palm Beach Director of Public Safety Kirk Blouin said Thursday.
“We suspected he wanted to commit burglary,” Blouin said.
Cruz was driving a gray BMW with a New York license plate when he was stopped — for the second time that evening — at the checkpoint on the Royal Park Bridge.
“Cruz advised that he was with the U.S. Secret Service and needed to gain access to the island to report for his as-