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An Alexandria man arrested for allegedly impersonating an officer

© Eric Dewayne Johnson © Eric Dewayne Johnson

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) – An Alexandria man is in jail tonight for allegedly impersonating an officer.

According to the RPSO, they arrested Eric Dewayne Johnson on August 5, for impersonating a law enforcement officer.

RPSO said they were dispatched to a restaurant in reference to a theft involving a man claiming to be an officer of the law.  The manager reported that Johnson contacted the restaurant on June 26. He said that he worked with the RPSO and that he was taking money for a fundraiser involving, the RPSO, Rapides Parish Police Jury and Pentecostals of Alexandria.  A donation was given, but the manager said that Johnson returned the next day requesting more money.

The manager also reported that Johnson returned on August 4 for another donation. The manager called RPSO. Johnson was taken into custody.

RPSO doesn't believe this is the first time this man has impersonated an officer.

"We believe he may have done this with other businesses or individuals.  We do not condone individuals soliciting donations and posing as Deputy Sheriff's in any form or fashion.  There are events we help raise money for, such as the recent fundraiser for the American Red Cross.  But we present letters to that fact and of course, if there is ever a question, please call our office" said Lt. Tommy Carnline, Public Information Officer.

Johnson is being charged with one count of theft of $500, and one count of false personation of a police office.

Johnson was transported to the Rapides Parish Detention Center.  His bond is set at $5,250

The investigation is ongoing.


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