TUSTIN, Calif. – A Southern California woman is accused of sexually assaulting and robbing another woman outside a bar while pretending to be a law enforcement officer, according to police.

Denise Latta, 54, was arrested Thursday in connection with the Sept. 13 incident. As a result, she was booked at Orange County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping, robbery, false imprisonment, sexual battery and impersonating a police officer, according to The Orange County Register. She was held in lieu of $100,000 bail.


Denise Latta, 54, is accused of impersonating a police officer. She was booked at the Orange County jail on several charges. (Tustin Police Department)

Investigators said Latta walked into a bar in Tustin, approached the victim and a bartender and flashed a badge similar to those worn by police officers. She reportedly asked the victim to show her identification card before grabbing it and cutting it into several pieces.

According to the report, Latta then told the woman to place her hands against the wall and spread her feet. Investigators said Latta “searched” the victim, touching her breast and groin area over her clothes in the process. Latta forced the woman to leave the bar and never return.

The Tustin Police Department said Latta was arrested for the crime Thursday. During the arrest she was in possession of fake badges, ID cards reading “Agent” and clothing that said “Fugitive Recovery Agent.”

The department said Latta claimed to be a private detective and bail enforcement officer, but could not prove her claims.

Latta is due to appear in court Monday, according to the Register. Police believe the Sept. 13 incident was not an isolated one and are asking potential victims to contact detectives.