A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of impersonating a sheriff’s deputy after driving around in a white SUV with flashing lights, dressed in full uniform and holding a firearm.
The teen is accused of stopping people for phony traffic violations with the vehicle, as well pulling up to a driveway in Victorville, California, claiming he was responding to reports of a domestic disturbance.
On March 5, the boy got out of a white Ford Explorer, which had flashing red and blue attached but no but no law enforcement logo or license plates, in full San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department uniform and what is believed to be a fake gun in his holster.
Jasmine Jones, who lives at the house where the car pulled up in, told KTLA she was confused by the visit from the 'deputy'.
“He just said was there a domestic disturbance and I said no,” she said. The boy then tried to open the front door of the house after Jones went inside, but it was locked. Jones then came back out the house to speak to the teen.
She added: “He was about to continue talking, then everyone came out from behind. That’s when he saw there was a lot of people, so he just ran.”
Jones said she called the authorities after becoming suspicious. “I just saw the police uniform and thought ‘that just doesn’t look right’. It’s loose, the belt buckle isn’t staying on his hips.”
The following day, police spotted the Ford Explorer and the 14-year-old boy was arrested. During a search of his home, officers uncovered the uniform he was wearing, as well as large amount of counterfeit money, simulation firearms, ballistic vests and other law enforcement related items such as badges and caps.
During the investigation, it was found the boy came into contact with two other people while allegedly impersonating a deputy.
According to a statement from Victorville Police Department, the boy pulled over a woman in her car in the area of Amethyst Road. After obtaining her information, the boy gave the driver a warning and let her go.
On the same night, the suspect activated the emergency lights on the vehicle, causing a 16-year-old male to come out of his house. Once again, he claimed to be investigating a domestic disturbance call, but left when he was told one hadn’t occurred.
The suspect, who is on probation, was arrested and booked at High Desert Juvenile Detention Center.
The vehicle the 14-year-old was driving was registered to his great-grandfather. It is still unclear how he was able to access the police uniform, equipment or fake weapons.
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