Calif. security guard arrested for cop impersonation

He escorted a group of juveniles out of a market and did a pat-down search when he wasn't permitted to

Monterey County Herald

SALINAS, Calif. — A Salinas security guard was arrested this week after his actions allegedly amounted to impersonating a police officer.

Police said officers received several complaints that the guard, identified as Jacob Rogers, 21, was using a car equipped with a red light to stop and issue parking citations to residents of the Nantucket Bay Apartments on Nantucket Boulevard.

Under the state vehicle code, only official emergency vehicles are allowed to have such lights.

Rogers also allegedly detained a group of juveniles recently inside a Salinas market, escorted them out and did a pat down search before letting them go. Police said the market had no agreement with Rogers or his company, Coastline Security, to provide service.

Rogers and a business partner had started the company and had trial contracts with the Nantucket Bay and Salinas Bay apartments though they lacked the required state license, police said.

Rogers was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Monterey County Jail on suspicion of impersonating a police officer and violation of probation.

Police said he was on probation for impersonating a police officer in 2008.

Emergency crews answer assistance call

Emergency rescue teams were responding Friday night to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park where an adult and two children were reportedly in trouble about 75 feet down a cliff below a hiking trial.

Additional details and information about the outcome of the rescue attempt were not immediately available late Friday.

State parks rangers were on the scene and a rescue team of the Monterey County Sheriff's Office and members of Monterey County's Urban Search and Rescue team were en route about 9 p.m.

The park is at mile marker 36 on Highway 1 near Big Sur.

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