Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Teens impersonating cops arrested after harassing homeless man

The Wichita Eagle

WICHITA - Two teenage boys have been arrested for posing as law enforcement officers and accosting two men -- one of them homeless -- near the Arkansas River early this morning.

The two and a third teen approached a 56-year-old homeless man and a 20-year-old Wichita man in the 100 block of North Waco at about 1:30 a.m. today, claiming to be police. Two of the teens were dressed in dark pants and black T-shirts with the word "Sheriff" printed on them, the victims told police.

One of the teens, who is 17, showed the victims a badge while his 16-year-old accomplice began dumping their belongings onto the ground. The third teen stood back, resting his hand on his waistband as if he was armed.

The three teens then took off, but the duo in "Sheriff" T-shirts were arrested a short distance away. They had a police-issue expandable baton and two-way radios with them, and admitted to police they had already disposed of badges and handcuffs that they had brought with them.

They told officers they bought the equipment at a surplus store.

Police are still looking for the third teen.

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