A traffic stop on Long Island led to the discovery of a man armed with weapons posing as a cop, according to police.
Nassau County Police officers from the Bureau of Special Operations observed a 2006 Audi traveling in Elmont, eastbound on Hempstead Turnpike in the vicinity of Franklin Street late Friday afternoon, June 18.
The vehicle had a temporary Texas Dealer Registration that was not displayed properly, according to Nassau County Police. Officers then activated their emergency lights and conducted a Vehicle and Traffic Law stop.
During the investigation, the driver of the Audi displayed a police badge and stated he worked in Housing for the NYPD, according to Nassau County Police.
It was determined that he was employed as a security guard and Dion Barnes, age 33, of Jamaica, Queens, was arrested without incident.
Officers recovered two knives, a retractable baton, and a ballistic vest with a Police patch on the back.
Barnes was charged with:
- Criminal impersonation of a police officer,
- Two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument,
- Two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon,
- Forgery of a vehicle identification number.
He is scheduled to be arraigned on Saturday, June 19 in Mineola.
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