Westminster man charged with impersonating officer

November 19, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A 19-year-old Westminster man was charged yesterday after he allegedly approached a group of children waiting for a school bus, flashed a badge and "arrested" them and ordered a 14-year-old girl to get into his car.

Christopher Earl McDermott, of the 300 block of Fair Ave., was arrested within minutes of the 7:15 a.m. incident. A court commissioner ordered that he be held on $2,500 bond on charges of impersonating a police officer, possession of a deadly weapon, impersonating a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission officer and theft of the badge.

City police said that they received a call to Fair Avenue and East Main Street, where the children told them that a car containing two young men had pulled to the curb and that the driver had flashed a badge, telling the four students they were under arrest.

According to court documents, the children said that the driver called to a 14-year-old girl, demanded her name, age and address, and told her he was a police officer and she would have to go with him.

When the girl became frightened and emotional, he again said he was a policeman and threatened to return and get her, court papers said.

One child ran home and called police. City officers who responded found a car that matched the children's description nearby.

The officers reported that they followed the car and saw two males in the front seat placing articles under and beside the driver's seat.

When the car was stopped at Pennsylvania and Sullivan avenues, the officers found a Consumer Product Safety Commission badge and a silver-colored pipe of heavy metal, they said.

Mr. McDermott was arrested, and a 17-year-old male is under investigation, police said.

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