Man Charged for Impersonating Police Officer

Man Charged for Impersonating Police Officer

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Randall Jeppesen, KSL NewsradioA man faces a long list of charges for impersonating a Springville police officer.

Raul Zubia faces armed robbery, kidnapping, impersonating a police officer and aggravated re-entry into the country because he's been deported before.

This after he apparently pulled out a police badge and told a man he was under investigation for robbery. Springville Police Lt. Dave Caron says the badge came from a costume.

Caron says the suspect took the man for a ride, and then said he could leave if he paid a $350 fine. The victim realized the badge was fake, but he complied because Zubia had a gun.

Caron says, "Anytime someone pretends that they are a policeman, of course, that makes it all the harder for us, those of us who are real policemen."

Police tracked the fake officer to his home through surveillance videos from the gas station. At the man's house, police found a badge and a police-style radio.

The man was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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