Florida man arrested after crossing crime scene tape at plane crash site, claimed to be medical staff

A Florida man was arrested after he crossed police crime scene tape at the scene of a Clearwater plane crash and claimed to be a member of the medical staff, according to Fox 13 Tampa Bay.

Authorities tell FOX 13 that on Thursday around 9:30 p.m., Joseph Salvatore Schifano, 66, was seen by medical staff as he tried to cross yellow police tape at the scene of the Clearwater jet crash. He admitted that he had given his name.

Clearwater police told FOX 13 that Schifano was unable to provide proof of employment or duty after he was caught ducking under crime scene tape and entering the crash scene.

Police warned Schifano to stay away from the crime scene, saying he “just has a good nose.” He was then told to “move on,” according to an affidavit obtained by Fox 13.

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A man is arrested after crossing police lines at the scene of a Florida plane crash. (Pinellas County Jail)

After being warned, he walked around the officials and took cover, then passed under the tape again.

According to an arrest affidavit, police said Schifano “entered the entire house into the crime scene” while taking video of the scene on his cell phone.

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At left, a fire caused by a small plane crash near a mobile home park in Clearwater, Florida. Yes, it's the remains of a crashed plane.

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Officials said Schifano apologized for his actions and said he was trying to record a video for a media company to make money.


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A small plane crashed in a mobile home park south of Clearwater Mall, causing multiple homes to catch fire. (Credit: X / @stevenascari)

Schifano was arrested, charged with resisting an officer without violence, and released on $500 bail, according to Pinellas County jail records.



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