A 51-year-old Detroit man is locked up, accused of breaking up a Wayne County Sheriff’s Department prostitution sting by impersonating a police officer.
Investigators say that around 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, the man pulled up to a female detective in the area of Vernor and Oakdale on the city’s east side. At the time the detective, who was posing as a prostitute, was talking with another man.
The suspect, who was in a red 1994 Ford Ranger yelled at the detective to “get off the street.” Officers say this is when he flashed a badge. The other man sped off, and officers say the suspect began following the detective ranting that he was a cop. When the detective revealed she was a police officer, the man took off. He was arrested a short time later by the nearby arrest team.
When questioned, the suspect denied having a badge. However, officers say the found a Detroit Police department badge, a loaded .40 caliber Glock pistol and hats and clothing with DPD logos during a search of his truck
Speaking about the arrest, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon says, “This is a very bizarre situation that could have become deadly. This guy was so bold as to interrupt officers conducting a sting. For all intents and purposes he had the weapon, the badge and the clothing—that’s a crime in itself. Who knows what other crimes he would commit in the future had our team not taken him down.”
The suspect is being held in Hamtramck until he can be arraigned on one count of impersonating a police officer. The Detroit Police Department has been notified about the badge investigators found.
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