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Man charged with impersonating cop

By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas

RedEye

4:54 PM CDT, October 29, 2013

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A man impersonated a Chicago police officer and demanded money from a group of Brighton Park tenants, county prosecutors said Tuesday.

Patrick Thomas, 22, of Calumet City, was arrested Sunday evening after he allegedly showed up at a Brighton Park apartment complex clad in a bullet-proof vest and handcuffs attached to his pants. He told four residents he was taking over the building from a man named "Leo."

Thomas, who's vest said "SGT" and "canine," according to the police report, "stated he was going to return with his dogs and put them all out of their residence ... if rent was not paid in a week."

The residents contacted the Chicago Police Department to confirm Thomas was a police officer and the department began searching for him, the report said.

Thomas, who was charged with impersonating a police officer and four counts of simple assault for threatening the men, was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Tuesday afternoon and ordered held on a $100,000 bond.

 

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