Miami-Dade County

Police impersonator commits armed robbery in Miami

As a man walked home from a barbershop, a car pulled up alongside of him, told him to stop, brandished a badge and said: “Police! I saw you coming from a drug house.”

But the real Miami police say the man was an impersonator and robbed the victim at gunpoint.

Here's how police — who were called to 1359 NW 35th St. in reference to an armed robbery — say the heist happened: At 9:30 p.m. a man was walking home from a barbershop at Northwest 17th Avenue and 36th Street.

After the man stopped him and identified himself as a police officer, he told his victim to put his hands on a fence. The police impersonator then put his own hand on a holstered gun, according to Miami police.

The fake officer searched the victim and took his phone, his wallet and his money. He then told the man he had to move his car.

That's when the impersonator took off, Miami police say.

Investigators are looking for a man between the ages of 20 and 25, about 5-feet-10-inches tall and about 150 pounds. He is described as slim with a slight muscular build, and was wearing a “Miami Police” hat, black long sleeve shirt, black pants, a gold badge and a duty belt including handcuffs, Taser and a firearm in a holster.

The firearm appeared to be a full-size, Glock-type weapon. Police say the car was a dark blue 2008 model, possibly a Chevy Impala with dark tints with a temporary tag.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami Police Department’s Robbery Unit at 305-603-6370 or Miami Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.