Teen arrested for impersonating a police officer

Logo on former Cobb Police Department Headquarterslogo at the old Cobb Police Department Headquarters (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

A 17-year-old was arrested on suspicion of impersonating a police officer in South Cobb on Monday.

[Editor’s note:  The policy of the Cobb County Courier is to omit the names of suspects under 18 years of age]

According to a report from Officer Sarah O’Hara of the Cobb County Police Department, Precinct 2 officers responded to a suspicious person call on Poplar Log Place.

The woman who placed the call said that a man dressed in a U.S. Marshals tactical vest and tan khakis knocked on her front door while she was showering. Her teenaged children answered the door, and the suspect told them he was a U.S. Marshall.  The teens called their mother to the door.  The mother cracked the door and watched the suspect get into a Ford Ranger and drive away.

An officer responding to the call noticed a Ford Ranger run a stop light near the residence and conducted a traffic stop.

The teen driver of the Ranger was dressed as the caller described in tan khakis and wore a black t-shirt with a Fulton County Sheriff’s Office emblem.

The 17-year-old suspect told officers he was looking for a friend’s house, but gave the officers a nonexistent address.

Charged with impersonating a police officer and traffic violation

The suspect was charged on the scene with running the stop sign and impersonating a police officer.  While searching the Ford Ranger, officers found a black pellet gun in a Black Hawk holster, a laser pointer, a radio, a flashlight, and a tan tactical vest with patches with “U.S. Marshals Police Fugitive Task Force” on them.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Cobb County Crimes Against Persons Unit at 770-499-3945.

Crimes Against Persons Division

The Crimes Against Persons Division of the Cobb County Police Department is broken down into several specialized units, to investigate homicides, robberies, technology-based crime, domestic violence and stalking, and crimes against children.  It has a unit that does crime analysis to identify evidence to help link cases and identify suspects.

The division also houses the Crime Scene Unit that according to the division’s website “is responsible for documenting and processing crime scenes to locate evidence, identify suspects, and to present evidence in criminal proceedings. Crime scene technicians are responsible for processing evidence utilizing a variety of procedures for fingerprint, DNA, and trace evidence.”