Crime

Police Impersonator Pulls Over Real Police Officer (Photo)

| by Michael Howard

A Florida man was released from jail after being arrested for impersonating a police officer and attempting to pull over a real detective.

Marcos Pacheco-Bustamante, 46, pulled over Miami-Dade Det. Alton Martin on the morning of April 14. He was charged with impersonating a police officer and taken to jail, where his bond was set at $5,000, according to the Miami Herald.

Martin was driving an unmarked SUV when the vehicle behind him, a green 2000 Ford Crown Victoria, turned on a police siren.

"He thinks the officer is trying to go around [him], so he changes lanes," Det. Jennifer Capote told WFOR. "The Crown Vic changes with him. The sirens continue. He then decides [he's] being pulled over."

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As soon as Pacheco got out of his vehicle, Martin could tell he was not a police officer and immediately took him into custody.

A search of Pacheco's car uncovered an H&K BB gun that looked real and a blue police light.

Pacheco reportedly told police he pulls people over when he sees them texting.

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"He actually mentioned that he has done this in the past," Capote said. "He doesn’t like people driving and texting. I don’t know if he drives around Dade County looking for people who are texting on their phone, and what he actually does. Maybe he honks at them or turns on these sirens."

WFOR had a contentious exchange with Pacheco outside the jail.

"I’m not going to explain anything," he told the reporter. "Leave me alone already."

When asked if this was the first time he had tried to pull someone over, he replied, "Yes. Now leave me alone."

"You guys are really aggravating me. What I don’t want is to go back in there," he said, motioning toward the jail.

Capote said authorities are concerned that Pacheco may continue his vigilante activities.

"It is a concern for us," she said. "This gentleman is telling us he has pulled over other victims. So we are urging the community to call the police if they [have been a] victim or [have] seen this Crown Victoria ... stopping people."

Capote added that anyone who suspects they are being targeted by a police impersonator should call 911.

"If you don’t feel that something's right, then get on the phone with 911. Get on the phone with a dispatcher," she said. "Tell the dispatcher I’m being stopped at this location, this is the type of the vehicle."

Sources: WFOR, Miami Herald / Photo credit: Scott Davidson via Wikimedia Commons, Miami-Dade Corrections via Miami Herald

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