TUCSON: Tucson Police are asking the public for more information about a case of a man who they said impersonated a police officer.
Officers said the man recorded the stops he made.
On Dec. 19, police said they a received a call that a male stopped and searched three victims and handcuffed one of them. The suspect identified himself as an undercover law enforcement officer and had a red and blue flashing visor light on a white 4-door sedan that he was driving.
"The guy claiming to be a police officer did have a duty belt on, wearing similar things that we would wear on a day to day basis," Sgt. Pete Dugan with the Tucson Police Department said, "asking them if he had any drugs either in the vehicle or on their person."
Officers identified and found the suspect at a residence in Oro Valley.
The vehicle and several items used during the incident were located during the service of a search warrant, police said.
Inside the vehicle, detectives located a forward-facing dashboard camera. The incident that was reported to TPD was documented on that video. In addition, several other similar stops that occurred earlier in the day were also recorded.
The suspect was arrested and booked into the Pima County Jail on charges of kidnapping and impersonating a law enforcement officer. Additional charges are pending.
"This is somebody who went through the trouble of putting red and blue lights in the car, including a police type radio, a scanner, having a lot of the gear that we carry," Sgt. Dugan said.
Detectives are asking anyone who may have been stopped or pulled over by a similar unmarked vehicle to call (520) 719-2002 ext. 723.
The suspect carried a handheld scanner on his belt, a radio earpiece, and an expandable baton. He was driving a white 4-door sedan with red and blue flashing lights installed near the visor of the front windshield, police said.