A man posing as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent has allegedly been using the cover to intimidate and steal from workers in California.
Deputies arrested an El Dorado Hills man after they received a report that a man who identified himself as an ICE agent detained and stole from several construction workers on a job site.
According to the report from The Sacramento Bee, 56-year-old Patrick Mullany confronted the group of workers on the site where they were working. Mullany allegedly handcuffed the men and began threatening them with arrest and deportation.
The men claimed that Mullany then extorted money from them to reportedly pay for court fees. Mullany was armed at the time of the confrontation.
One of the men in the group said this wasn’t the first time that something like this had happened. He dealt with a similar scenario just a week prior. Following the tense exchange with the suspect, the group of men called the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and deputies reported to the scene.
The man was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery, false imprisonment and impersonating an officer. He is now charged with robbery, false imprisonment and impersonating a police officer.
Another criminal who aimed to make a financial gain by pretending to be an officer didn’t get off so easy after his victims fought back last month.
The Indianapolis man was arrested after he broke into a family’s home while armed with a police vest and handcuffs. According to the report from authorities, Carl Simion attempted to hold-up 2 men and a woman in the south side of Indianapolis.
The IMPD said that Simion was wearing a tactical style vest that said ‘POLICE’ on it.
During the attempted attack, one of the people being detained managed to pull out a gun on the intruder, firing and striking him in his backside.
An Indianapolis home invasion suspect wore a police vest to the home he was targeting and was shot in the “buttocks” by a homeowner who ascertained he was not a real officer. https://t.co/qvKpsDM9pm
— Cherlyn Jensen (@CherlynJensen) March 26, 2019
Simion then fled the scene of the crime, but local authorities were able to locate him using IMPD drones and multiple K9 units.
He was transported to a local hospital and treated for a bullet wound to the buttocks. Police said that the injury was not life threatening. Simion was then taken into police custody.
“You think you’re in a safe neighborhood, but no one is ever safe anymore… I’m gonna put up some extra storm doors and replace some of the locks to make sure they are quality locks,” the neighbor said.
Indianapolis Municipal Police Department spokesperson Michael Hewitt says impersonating an officer is not something that’s taken lightly, and has a serious effect on the public.
“We think it’s a horrible crime against our city and against our citizens. It puts everybody on edge, including us when we see this sort of thing happen,” he said.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident, targeting locations that might provide closed circuit security footage of what might have led to the home invasion.
Simion was charged with criminal confinement and impersonating a public servant.