Dearborn Men Arrested for Impersonating Wayne County Deputies
The following information was supplied by the Dearborn Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
Two Dearborn residents were arrested on Friday for impersonating police officers, according to the Dearborn Police Department.
Police received a 911 call from the border of Dearborn and Detroit, near Tireman and Wyoming, at around 2 p.m. on Friday, March 8. The caller told dispatch that two men with weapons had approached him, falsely claiming to be Wayne County sheriff’s deputies.
When Dearborn police officers arrived in the area, they spoke with the caller, who explained that he was contracted to work on a home on the 8100 block of Wisconsin Street. He told police that while he was working, a dark colored Chevy Trailblazer pulled up and the driver got out and approached him. The driver, he said, was wearing a black and yellow Wayne County Sheriff’s Department sweatshirt and carrying a visible handgun.
The driver told the man that he was a deputy and questioned him about a dog. The man asked him for identification and stated he was going to call the police, at which point the driver and passenger left in the Trailblazer.
Dearborn police located an SUV matching the description at an oil change business located on the 8700 block of Tireman. The vehicle was empty, but as police approached, they saw a man in a silver Ford Explorer in the parking lot who was wearing a Wayne County Sheriff’s Department T-shirt, a black and yellow hat and a wallet badge on his belt, as well as a silver handgun in a hip holster.
While police were questioning the first suspect, a man matching the original description exited the business.
Police detained both men for questioning.
Officers also spoke with an employee of the shop, who shed some light on the situation. According to the employee, it was suspected that someone at the house on the 8100 block of Wisconsin had taken the business’ “shop dog.” The employees asked the two suspects to get the dog back, believing them to legitimately be Wayne County sheriff’s deputies.
The employee said that the two men came into the shop often, and had always presented themselves as deputies.
Dearborn police arrested both men—identified as 22- and 35-year-old Dearborn residents—for impersonating police officers. They were turned over to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, as was all evidence.