Police arrest man posing as cop

 

jsimmons@MiamiHerald.com

A man was arrested early Saturday after he posed as a police officer, using flashing lights to perform a bogus traffic stop on a Pontiac Vibe carrying three young men, Miami police said.

The blue and red flashers attached to the passenger visor of Cutler Bay resident Ruben Yepes-Quiroz’s yellow Toyota Scion looked so real the patrol officer who arrested him initially fell for them as well, pulling in behind Yepes-Quiroz hoping to back up a fellow officer.

He was surprised to find out Yepes-Quiroz, 31, wasn’t one.

Police searched Yepes-Quiroz and found two fake police badges in his pockets, according to an incident report.

Then they searched his car, and found it was loaded with electronic gear: five cell phones, two iPods, two cameras and an iPad.

They are holding it all, along with the flashing lights, as evidence.

Miami Police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes said in a news release that police are still investigating.

Yepes-Quiroz performed his “traffic stop” at the intersection of Southwest 60th Avenue and Eighth Street at about 3 a.m.

He’s been charged with prohibited use of certain lights and with falsely impersonating a police officer, a third-degree felony.

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