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article imageTwo men charged with impersonating police officers

By Bryan W. Alaspa     Nov 15, 2010 in Crime
Chicago - Two men in the Chicago area have been charged with impersonating police officers. What is not clear is if the two men were working together of if it was just a bizarre coincidence.
Johnny Johnson, 21, was reported to have flagged down other police officers and pretending to be a rookie. He was reportedly dressed entirely in a black vest and body armor that made him look like a legitimate police officer. The clothing he wore even had the word “police” written across it. He was also armed with a handgun. He was taken into police custody shortly after flagging down officers. He was unable to produce real identification indicating he was an actual police officer.
The second man is reportedly William Woolridge, 33, who was arrested by police after walking into a station and claiming to be a military police officer. He was also wearing body armor, similar to Johnson’s, and he was also carrying a weapon. In addition to the armor and weapon he had a fake military police badge. He soon admitted to the police that he was not really an MP and was taken into custody.
In a rather strange turn of events the station Woolridge walked into was the same station where Johnson was taken after he was arrested. Police released a statement that they were not sure if the two were working together or what their intent was.
The two men have been charged with felony counts of impersonating peace officers. They are also charged with possessing a deadly weapon and unlawful use of body armor. The two men were scheduled to make court appearances on Monday.
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