Accused cop impersonator calls arrest a 'misunderstanding'

ENGLEWOOD – A 36-year-old man accused of impersonating a police officer says he didn't do it.

Leslie Simpson was arrested April 18 after police received a report that he was identifying himself as an officer on the 3200 block of South Broadway.

Simpson admitted to 9NEWS he had a badge, because he's a bounty hunter.

"I don't indicate I'm a cop," Simpson said.

He admitted he wasn't perfect.

"Yes, I have an arrest record, when I was younger mostly, I was a habitual traffic offender, I overcame that. I got my driver's license now," he said.

Simpson's criminal history includes burglary, motor vehicle theft and other traffic offenses. But a police impersonator, his most recent charge from Englewood—he claims he's not.

"I describe it as a misunderstanding," Simpson said outside of the Arapahoe County courtroom where he appeared Thursday morning. "I would never indicate that I am a police officer, I am a bounty enforcement agent, aka fugitive recovery agent, aka I'm a bounty hunter."

He says he has pictures to prove it, one of an arrest and another, in a uniform, with a badge.

"I got five biological children, three stepchildren, in between jobs, trying to make it, it's tough for me," he said.

Court documents quote two witnesses who tell police Simpson asked them to leave a car dealership, saying they were trespassing. Simpson allegedly told them "I'm a police officer you need to leave now."

The witnesses described the badge Simpson is accused of showing.

9NEWS reached out to the witnesses. But haven't heard back.

One of them, Moon Pahlavan, has an extensive criminal history himself. It included assault and multiple traffic arrests.

Simpson is out on a $2,000 dollar bond and is due back in court in June. He's been ordered to wear an ankle monitor.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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