Fake Cops Target Off-Duty Officer


Via ABC7.com:

Two people impersonating law enforcement officers were arrested after they attempted to pull over an off-duty officer, according to California Highway Patrol.


CHP said 26-year-old Armando Perez of Aliso Viejo and 20-year-old April Fabian of Laguna Hills attempted to pull over an off-duty police sergeant with the Irvine Police Department at about 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday.


Perez and Fabian were in an old Ford Crown Victoria using a red and blue flashing strobe light on the northbound 405 Freeway near Euclid Street, according to CHP.


“He called 911 and called in the suspicious circumstances. At that point they also tried to use a clear spotlight to illuminate his vehicle to try to get him to pull over, he obviously refused to do so wisely,” Officer Tom Joy with the California Highway Patrol said.


CHP pulled the suspect vehicle over on Beach Boulevard just off the 405 Freeway. Officers said they found evidence that Perez and Fabian were impersonating officers, including replica guns.


Authorities said this may not have been the first time the two had tried to pull someone over.


“This doesn’t happen all that often, but we are going to seek information hopefully your viewers will call in if they’ve been the victim of similar acts,” Joy said.


CHP said if you’re ever pulled over at night, you should first look for markings on the side of the car or SUV.


Most legitimate police vehicles will also have a light bar across the top of their car.


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