Police: Two arrested in fake cop case
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson Police arrested two people in connection with an investigation into a group of people impersonating police officers.
Sgt. Maria Hawke with TPD tells KGUN9 that the arrests were made after looking closer at an incident on June 20, where a police helicopter saw one of the fake traffic stops.
Hawke says the TPD Air Unit noticed the traffic stop, which occurred in the 4900 block of East 5th Street, because it did not look like a standard stop.
The helicopter shined its light on the two vehicles, and the fake police car left. It came to a stop a short while later and a man fled from the car on foot.
He was located after a foot search and taken into custody, along with the driver of the fake police car.
They were not arrested that night, but remained in custody. They were ultimately arrested and charged with attempted armed robbery, aggravated assault and impersonating a peace officer, all felony offenses.
Police are not releasing their names yet as it is an ongoing investigation. Police say there may be more people involved in the case.
Police have recovered a vehicle that was outfitted to look like a police car, and detectives believe the suspects used the car to make a number of traffic stops in a 10 day time period.
The dark colored Ford Crown Victoria did not have any police markings on it, or rooftop lights, but did have low profile red and blue lights above the dashboard inside the car and additional lighting in the rear window.
TPD has the car in its possession and are now looking for anyone who may have been stopped by these individuals between June 10 and June 20.
Police say no citations would have been issued, and the suspects would have identified themselves as law enforcement, even if they were not dressed in a police uniform.
Detectives ask anyone with information on these suspects or anyone stopped under these circumstances in the Tucson area to call 911 or 88-CRIME.
TPD would like to remind the public that if they ever have doubt about a police officer's identity, they can call 911 to verify.