VICTORVILLE – A 14-year-old boy was arrested for impersonating a police officer on Tuesday after deputies found the vehicle he was using officials said. The teen made contact with at least three different individuals posing as a police officer on the evening of Monday, March 5, 2018.
The Hispanic teen pulled into the driveway of a home in the 13600 block of Mica Avenue driving a white Ford Explorer with red and blue lights inside the front windshield of the vehicle. The vehicle was all white with no additional law enforcement markers. “The suspect exited the Explorer wearing a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department uniform with a firearm in the belt holster,” said Victorville Sheriff’s Station spokeswoman, Mara Rodriguez. “He went to the front door and told the occupants he was there to investigate a reported domestic disturbance.” The homeowner told the suspect that there was no report made to the police, but the suspect attempted to open the door. The homeowner secured the door and the suspect went back to the vehicle. The homeowner followed the teen to the driveway and reported the incident to the police.
The following day a vehicle matching the description and was stopped. “The 14-year old great-grandson of the registered owner was detained and later identified as the suspect,” said Rodriguez. “During a search of the juvenile’s home, Detectives found the uniform that was worn during the incident, as well as a large amount of counterfeit money, simulation firearms, ballistic vests and other law enforcement related items.” The detectives learned that the teen stopped a female subject in a red vehicle, in the area of Amethyst Road and requested her information. After providing her information, he warned her, and let her go.
An additional incident occurred in the area of Cobalt Road when he activated the emergency lights and a 16-year-old male exited his home. The suspect said that he was investigating a domestic disturbance call and the teen told him there was no disturbance there. The suspect, who was later found to be on probation for an unrelated offense left. The suspect was arrested and booked into the High Desert Detention Center.
Detectives are still trying to locate the other victims. If you have information about the female in the red car or the juvenile from the Cobalt Road incident, you are urged to call the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
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