Acting Florida mayor arrested after allegedly 'conspiring' to interfere in investigation of former mayor

Acting Florida mayor arrested after allegedly 'conspiring' to interfere in investigation of former mayor

The acting mayor of a Florida city was arrested Wednesday in connection with allegations against his predecessor, who was arrested less than a month earlier.

Port Richey acting Mayor Terrence Rowe was arrested Wednesday by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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Rowe is charged with conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and use of a two-way communication device to facilitate the commission of a crime, according to the Times.

He is accused of interfering in the investigation of former Mayor Dale Massad, his predecessor, who was arrested on Feb. 21 and suspended from office over charges of practicing medicine without a license in addition to charges of attempted homicide for allegedly shooting at officers who came to arrest him.

“It’s related but it’s an off-shoot,” special agent in charge Mark Brutnell told the Times. “From information we received, [Rowe] was conspiring to inject himself into an active criminal investigation.”

Rowe was vice mayor under Massad's tenure as mayor and had previously criticized police actions taken during the raid of Massad's home, according to the Times.

Massad, who is being held without bail, faces five counts of attempted murder, four counts of practicing medicine without a license and two counts of unlawful use of a two-way communication device.

Rowe was set to be booked at the Pasco County jail, where Massad is currently being held, according to the Times. His bail is set at $15,000, according to Brutnell.