BY: ANDREW COLTON/Editor and Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — In a stunning turn of events after BocaNewsNow.com filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, arrest information for Department of Homeland Security Agent Angel Echevarria has been made public, including Eschevarria’s mugshot — an almost unprecedented action.
Photos of law enforcement officers charged in the State of Florida are not subject to public record laws.
Echevarria allegedly opened fire on a motorist in the parking lot of Boca Raton’s Town Center Mall several weeks ago — apparently angered that he was cut off while driving on Glades Road. As we previously reported, Echevarria — off duty — allegedly ordered the motorist into the parking lot where he drew his gun and displayed his badge. The motorist took off as Eschevarria opened fire. The motorist later called Boca Raton Police, not sure what had just happened.
Boca Raton Police issued a warrant for Echevarria’s arrest. But Ecchevarria refused to deal with the Boca Raton Police Department, instead turning himself into his colleagues at the US Marshal’s Service. As BocaNewsNow.com reported exclusively, this kept his arrest information from being made public. The Palm Beach County jail booking system interprets an arrest by a federal agent as federal arrest — something that should only be released by federal officials. However, Echevarria was a county prisoner and the information should have been made public immediately, under Florida Statute 119. By turning himself into colleagues at the US Marshal’s service, Eschevarria appeared to be a federal prisoner.
The release of his photo and booking information comes after the Department of Homeland Security visited BocaNewsNow.com’s website more than 20 times in the past several days.
Echevarria is officially charged with three counts of “Aggravated Assault — Weapon — With Deadly Weapon Without Intent To Kill,” and one count of “Weapon Offense — Missile Into Dwelling, Vehicle, Building or Aircraft.”
We do not expect to receive an update on Echevarria’s employment status due to the government shutdown. However, at the time of his arrest, we know that Echevarria was an agent with the Federal Protective Service (FPS) assigned to the US Marshal’s Service.