06/13/2007

La. security guard arrested for claiming to be cop

The Advocate

BAKER, La. — Police arrested a security guard accused of handcuffing two people Sunday while claiming he was a police officer, Police Chief Mike Knaps said.

Knaps said officers arrested Johnny Rogers III, 25, a security officer at the Renaissance Village trailer park on Sunday night after a complaint by a 27-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy. The incident occurred in another Baker mobile home park, where Rogers lives at 2119 W. Azalea Drive.

The other two residents said Rogers told them they were under arrest for stealing bicycles.

The 27-year-old man said Rogers managed to put a handcuff on one of his arms before he broke free, while the 15-year-old said he was handcuffed and thrown to the ground, Knaps said.

The two also claimed Rogers drew a pistol at one point and told them he was a police officer. The teenager said Rogers waved a collapsible baton in his face, the police chief said.

Knaps said officers booked Rogers at Parish Prison with false imprisonment while armed with a dangerous weapon, false personation of a police officer and simple battery. Officers found a pistol matching the one described by the victims in Rogers’ home, Knaps said.

Copyright 2007 Capitol City Press

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