The out police sergeant and president of Miami's Fraternal Order of Police who was suspended after he pulled a gun on a Grindr date gone horribly wrong told
Miami New Times
he's the real victim in the affair, but the facts might tell another story.
According to the police report obtained exclusively by the
, prosecutors nearly charged Miami Police Department Sgt. Tommy Reyes with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for a January incident in Tallahassee involving Reyes and a date he had met on Grindr. The report also detailed how the young man had robbed Reyes and sent messages to extort and blackmail him.
"I was a victim and I have nothing to hide but I cannot comment on an open investigation," Reyes told
. "I was a victim of a crime, and Tallahassee PD victimized me again."
According to the report, the pair met for a hookup in Tallahassee last January after connecting on Grindr. The date said he entered Reyes's room at the Hampton Inn & Suites "anon," meaning he was hiding his identity from the police sergeant. For whatever reason, the encounter did not go well and the date said he spit on the back of Reyes to simulate ejaculation and end the hookup.
The date admitted to police he took Reyes's wallet, but claimed he was only motivated by the fear Reyes might "mess with him." Reyes, on the other hand, told officers the date stole his wallet and used it to later extort and blackmail him using messages on Grindr.
While the date claimed Reyes offered to take him on a shopping spree, police later determined the date was attempting to "extort/blackmail" the well-known police sergeant. Reyes claimed the young man spent a total of $1,310.71 on an American Express card without his permission.
The pair agreed to meet up later that day in the hotel's parking lot. The pair's accounts of the events that followed differ, but police determined Reyes pulled a gun and pointed it at the man, forcing him from the vehicle and onto the ground. The date claimed Reyes placed his knee on his backed and yelled "I should f*cking kill you!"
Local security footage captured only a portion of the encounter, showing Reyes pointing the gun at the man and grabbing his arm and then later showing the man running away. Police were able to document a series of injuries on the young man allegedly caused by Reyes including a "wound on the back of his head which was red and had dried blood on it" and that was also missing hair.
Police found neither man completely innocent in the incident. While Reyes was initially a victim of theft, the report said there was probable cause to charge him with serious assault charges. Despite the report, the Tallahassee-Leon County State Attorney's Office declined to press charges.