A Chicago man was arrested this week, allegedly impersonating a police officer — something he has done several times before, according to reports.
At a court hearing Friday following the suspect’s Wednesday arrest, a judge called the suspect a “danger to the community.”
Vincent Richardson, 26, allegedly dressed in a full Chicago police sergeant’s uniform at least twice last month and again Feb. 3, pretending to be an officer. One time he pulled over a vehicle in an unmarked car and searched the passengers, a Cook County assistant state’s attorney said, according to The Associated Press.
Separately, he was allegedly seen searching for the source of reported gunfire and using a flashlight to get motorists to slow down their vehicles in the area.
In addition, Richardson, who works as a fleet manager, had somehow obtained a police radio, stun gun, baton, utility belt and police clothing as part of his scheme, Assistant State’s Attorney Ellen Brett told Cook County Judge Arthur Wesley Willis.
Richardson has been arrested for impersonating an officer at least twice before, the first time when he was only 14, garnering national headlines for working a full shift, driving a patrol car and helping arrest a suspect, according to WBBM-TV of Chicago and The Associated Press.
Richardson also allegedly told local security guards he had been on the police force for six years and had recently been promoted to sergeant. He later allegedly claimed to have been promoted to the department’s SWAT team.
Evidence against Richardson includes videos posted on TikTok and Instagram in which he is allegedly impersonating an officer as he fired a weapon at a shooting range — which Willis said Richardson had no legal right to do because of at least three felony convictions on the same charge.
Willis ordered Richardson held in lieu of $75,000 bond.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.