An Arizona man is facing the charges of kidnapping and impersonating an officer after he was arrested last week for posing as an undercover officer, police said.
(Tucson Police Department)
An Arizona man was arrested last week after he was caught impersonating a police officer and crazy drivers to pull over and is being investigated, police said.
In a Facebook post Wednesday, the Tucson Police Department said officers responded to a suspicious activity call Dec. 19 where the defendant “stopped and searched three victims and cuffed one of them.”
The suspect, whose identity was withheld as authorities search for more victims, presented himself as an undercover agent and is now faced with the charges of kidnapping and impersonating an officer, ” the statement said. Additional charges are pending, according to the statement.
Authorities said the man, disguised 4-door sedan white to mimic a police car, adding a visor that flashed red and blue lights as well as a dashboard camera.
In a video, the suspect is seen making several stops, looking for people, and even handcuffing someone.
In addition, the defendant had a “handheld scanner to his belt, a radio earpiece, and a expandable baton,” according to the statement.
The suspect was located in Oro Valley, a town just north of Tucson and it was held at the Pima County Jail.
Police were unsure whether the suspect was involved in the prior offenses.
The department said it put some officers in plainclothes and unmarked vehicles, that sometimes the behavior of the traffic stops, and encouraged people to call 911 if they believe they were stopped by an impostor.
Benjamin Brown is a reporter from Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.