The Metal Chairs

On June 25, 2019 Jeremy Dewitte and his wife Rania Dewitte were visiting the area of Lakeview in Chicago, Illinois in a rented Airbnb apartment.

A witness contacted Chicago Police Department and stated Jeremy Dewitte was throwing metal chairs from the balcony of the sixth floor apartment. Jeremy Dewitte claimed the chairs were thrown to get the attention of the tow truck driver who was ordered to tow Dewitte’s rental vehicle.

Rania Dewitte walked downstairs to speak to the tow truck driver and allegedly Jeremy Dewitte stayed on the balcony and threw metal chairs.

When Chicago Police arrived Jeremy Dewitte was handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol car.

Jeremy Dewitte told the officers he was a police officer in the state of Florida. Believing he was one of their own the police officers urged Dewitte to apologize to the tow truck driver to make the problem go away.

Although he refused to apologize to the driver who was attacked with metal chairs, Jeremy Dewitte was released from his handcuffs and given the opportunity to make a phone call. The police officers on duty reassured him and stated they would not call his supervisor at the Florida police station. Jeremy Dewitte didn’t have a supervisor and he has never been a police officer.

In the end the officers were suspicious of Jeremy Dewitte’s story and his law enforcement background. While being handcuffed and placed back into the patrol car Dewitte claimed he was a “federal state agent.”

He was charged with simple assault, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and criminal damage to property. He was given a $1500 bond and later released on his own recognizance.

During his September 13, 2019 interview with Windermere Police Detective John Allen, Jeremy Dewitte claimed he was never arrested in Chicago, he was never released on his own recognizance and he had a court date but he wasn’t required to attend the court hearing.

On his 40th birthday, February 10, 2020, all charges were dismissed against Jeremy Dewitte. Cook County, Illinois prosecutors decided not to pursue the case.

Eleven days later on February 21, 2020 Orange County, Florida prosecutors filed new felony charges against Jeremy Dewitte. These charges included five charges of falsely impersonating a police officer, two charges of unlawful interception of wire or oral communication and one charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Dewitte turned himself in to the Orange County jail on February 26, 2020.

As of May 14, 2020 Jeremy Dewitte has one open felony case in Osceola County and ten open felony cases in Orange County.