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Glendora police search for phony cop who made traffic stop, bothered family members

Glendora police are looking for this man, who impersonated an officer at least twice in May 2012.
Glendora police are looking for this man, who impersonated an officer at least twice in May 2012.
Glendora Police Department

Police are looking for a man who impersonated an officer in Glendora earlier this month in order to make a traffic stop, then weirdly imposed himself on the victim’s family.

The phony cop -- wearing a passable uniform with holstered sidearm and flashing a badge -- pulled over a man on May 11 who was exiting the Foothill Freeway at Sunflower Avenue at about 11 p.m., according to reports based on a Glendale Police Department press release.

In making the traffic stop, he reportedly displayed a white strobe light, flashed his high beams and even went so far as to bump the other car from behind while they were moving -- something officers never do.

Another tipoff might have been the phony cop’s car: a cream-colored Ford Edge.

According to Glendora police, after pulling the man over things transpired as follows:

The driver of the stopped car, who had been drinking, was compliant with the fake officer, showing him his driver’s license. The fake officer detained him a while and then, strangely, said he would give the driver “a break” and drove him to his sister’s house.

There the fake officer spoke with the sister and her husband, identifying himself as a police officer. Before leaving, he told the couple, “You don’t know me” and “this never happened.”

That might have been the end of it -- except that the impersonator returned to the sister’s house five days later, at around 2 p.m. on May 16, claiming to be checking up on the driver he’d pulled over. While “checking up,” he pushed his way into the house and put his hands on the woman’s arm and leg. The woman, who was alone with her children, said her husband would be back soon, and the man immediately left.

He is described as a white man in his early 40s, 6-foot-1, about 250 pounds, with blue eyes and spiky gray hair. His fake badge was oval-shaped with a leather backing, blue lettering and a black stripe across the top.

The man’s outfit also included a dark blue shirt with long sleeves, pants tucked into combat boots, and he carried a black semi-automatic pistol in a holster on his right hip.

Police note that patrol cars’ lights flash red and blue, not white. They say if a driver is unsure about an officer’s identity, ask to see his or her identification card.