Breaking: Arrest Made for Man Impersonating an Officer
By M.C. Millman
After a lengthy chase that included countless NYPD officers and a helicopter assisting in the search, NYPD arrested an individual wanted for impersonating an officer and more.
In a saga that started earlier today in Staten Island, police received notification of an individual they had been searching for over the past few weeks wanted for several robberies. Victims reported a man impersonating an officer driving a Chevy Impala wrapped to look like an NYPD vehicle. Before fleeing the scene, the phony officer would flash his badge and steal items from drivers.
At about 4:15 today, police received a report of similar activity in Staten Island. They arrived at the scene, but the driver took off toward Brooklyn, ending up at 70th Street and New Utrecht Avenue, where he jumped out of his car and fled. At this point, NYPD put a helicopter up in the area to assist in the search, but their target still managed to elude them.
At approximately 5:45 this evening, the NYPD received a call from a homeowner regarding a break-in at 72nd Street and New Utrecht. By the time the police arrived, the criminal, who matched the description of the man impersonating an officer, had fled. The homeowner went with the police as he could more easily identify the perp, and at 13th Avenue and 73rd Street, the criminal was spotted skulking on a UPS truck, where he was cornered and arrested.
Photography by Dovid Y. Jaroslawicz