Imposter in the Vest: Serial Cop Impersonator Busted Again

Undercover Deputies Nab Fake Cop at Racing Event

A man with a long history of impersonating police officers was arrested in Houston, Texas, after attempting to pull over undercover deputies during a weekend racing event.

Suspicious Stop Sparks Real Police Response

According to a press release from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Shaun Arnold was spotted driving a white Hyundai Santa Fe equipped with emergency lights and sirens. This suspicious behavior raised red flags for undercover deputies who were present at the event. They alerted marked sheriff’s units, who swiftly pulled Arnold over.

Deceptive Disguise Raises Concerns

Upon stopping Arnold, officers discovered him dressed to deceive. He sported a fake police uniform shirt, a ballistic vest with his last name emblazoned on the front, a body camera, and a security badge. This elaborate costume underscores the potential danger Arnold posed to the public.

Repeat Offender with Extensive Criminal Past

Authorities revealed that Arnold has a concerning history of impersonating police officers, spanning over two decades and involving at least three states. Previous convictions for the same offense include:

  • Jefferson County, Texas (2001)
  • Illinois (2002)
  • Missouri (2015)

His criminal record in Missouri extends beyond impersonation, including charges related to car theft and other forms of theft.

Facing Charges and Held on Bond

For his latest attempt to deceive law enforcement, Arnold is facing charges of impersonating a police officer and felon in possession of body armor. He was ordered held on a $15,000 bond. This arrest serves as a stark reminder of the importance of officer vigilance and the potential dangers posed by impersonators.