CLEVELAND, Ohio — Two men have been arrested for allegedly impersonating police officers during at least two incidents in the Cleveland area.
The Cleveland men could now face charges of aggravated robbery, impersonating a police officer and aggravated menacing and possessing criminal tools.
According to Cleveland police reports, the arrests happened March 27.
At just after 10:30 p.m., a woman called police saying two men claiming to be police officers pulled her son out of a vehicle at her home in the 3000 block of West 33rd Street.
She said of the men told her he was a private police officer, and when she threatened to call police, he said he was a manager in the 3rd District. A friend of the caller’s son pulled up, and grabbed a gold badge around the suspect’s neck, saying it wasn’t real.
The suspect then pulled out a gun and pointed it at the friend’s throat, before both suspects drove away. The friend said he recognized one of them from school and told police where he lived.
After an alert was issued with a description of the suspects, a manager at McDonald’s told police two males in a white SUV took him out of his car, pointed a gun at him and took a small bag of marijuana from him.
Shortly afterward, police spotted a white SUV, with two men inside, pulling into a driveway. One had a gold badge around his neck, said reports, and said he was a private police officer for an East Cleveland cop.
Both men were then arrested.
Police found a gun, a duty belt for police officers, several rounds of ammunition and walkie talkies in the suspects’ vehicle.
One of the suspects remarked he always wanted to be a police officer and that it was fun being a cop for a day.