Police arrest man who could be the law enforcement imposter
Mon, 21 Mar 2011 04:11:08 GMT —
Update: Wednesday, March 23 at 10:15 a.m.
Columbia police have arrested a man they feel matches the description of the impersonating police officer.
20-year old Zachary Rugen was arrested at traffic stop Tuesday just after 11p.m. at Broadfield Drive and Broadway.
Rugen could be facing charges for three counts of false impersonation of a law enforcement officer, Felonious Restraint, and Second Degree Assault.
Rugen is being held on $10,500 bond.
Columbia Police Department said this case in not related to the Centralia Police Department Investigation.
Update: Monday, March 21 at 1:00 p.m.:
Columbia police now say they TMve received 4 reports of a man impersonating a police officer over the weekend.
Here TMs a look at the time and locations of the incidents:
-Friday, March 18 at 7:45 p.m. near Peach Tree Drive at Nifong
-Saturday, March 19 at 2:46 a.m. on Grindstone Parkway
-Saturday, March 19 at 4:10 a.m. near Vawter School Road at Spring Creek
-Sunday, March 20 at 3 a.m. near the 2400 block of Range Line Street
In all the incidents, the victims reported the man flashed his normal headlights back and forth from low beam to high beam.
Similar to the 3rd report, in the last incident, the victim parked and suspect approached the vehicle. The suspect again identified himself as a DEA agent.
The victim complied, but said the suspect got uncomfortable when another car drove through the area.
The victim told police the suspect gave him his ID back and quickly left the area.
The suspect is suspected of driving a black or dark-colored Chevy Impala.
Sunday evening Columbia Police warned residents about someone who is impersonating a police officer.
Three incidents happened on Friday and Saturday nights in South Columbia between the hours of 2:00 a.m and 4:30 a.m. The suspect reportedly flashes his headlights making unsuspecting drivers think he is a police officer.
During one of the incidents a driver wouldn't pull over and the suspect became angry, drove in front of him and cut him off. The imposter then ran up to the man TMs car and pulled a handgun ordering him from the car claiming he was a DEA agent. The victim drove away unharmed.
The suspect is described as a white male about six feet tall, thin build, brownish red hair and a scruffy beard. The car he's driving is thought to be a dark colored sedan possibly a Chevy. The license plate is unknown.