Police impersonator arrested in Englewood

ENGLEWOOD - A man suspected of impersonating a police officer was arrested by the Englewood Police Department on Friday.

Leslie Simpson, 36, was booked into the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Detention Facility on suspicion of impersonating a police officer, which is a felony.

Englewood police say officers responded to the 3200 block of South Broadway on Friday after Simpson was reportedly impersonating a police officer in that area.

In a press release issued by Englewood police on Wednesday morning, police said "Upon arrival, officers contacted a 36-year-old male who had identified himself as a police officer and displayed a badge in a manner to intimidate several victims in the area."

The press release did not specify if Simpson is the same suspect being sought by several other police departments after five reports of police impersonations in the last month.

Sgt. Brian Cousineau of the Englewood Police Department said based on the suspect descriptions provided they do not believe Simpson is the same suspect involved in five other recent metro-area police impersonation reports. Cousineau said Simpson approached two females on foot. verbally identified himself as a police officer and displayed a badge. However, Cousineau said investigators are double-checking with other agencies to verify the cases are not related.

On March 31, Aurora Police say a woman was pulled over near East Alameda and Havana Street by a man driving a black sedan with a flashing red light. The woman said the man grabbed her hair when she questioned his identity. She described the suspect to police as a thin black male with a 2-inch distinctive scar on the left side of his cheek, having short black hair and a deep voice.

Denver police said that a man impersonating an officer stopped a woman off of University Boulevard and Cedar Avenue on April 8. Police said the suspect was driving a white sedan with blue and white light and described the suspect as a 45 to 50-year-old black man, about 6-feet tall with short hair. Police say the same woman spotted the man again two weeks later in the area of West Sixth Avenue and Bannock Street, but the victim and suspect did not make contact during the second sighting.

On April 16, a woman reported to Sheridan police that a white man driving a black car, about 6-feet-1-inch tall with blond hair pulled her over in the 3800 block of Santa Fe and West Oxford Avenue.

And in Loveland a man told police that he was pulled over the night of April 15 or the early morning of April 16 in the early morning by an uninformed man. The man told police the suspect was driving a car with red and blue flashing lights but no other markings.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)


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