Friday, February 19, 1999
Houston, Texas
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About the Cougar

Police impersonator agitates woman, daughter at UC store

By Rodney Malapitan
News Reporter

Imagine being in a long line at a store, waiting to pay at the cash register, when suddenly you're threatened with arrest for holding up the line.

Such an incident happened, according to the UH Police Department, at 2 p.m. Jan. 26 in the University Center convenience store when an unidentified man posed as a police officer and threatened to arrest a woman.

Lyn Wright said she and her daughter, both of whom are UH students, were in line at the convenience store waiting to pay for their drinks. Wright's daughter was already at the register, and a man was in line between them.

Wright said her daughter wasn't ready to pay yet, so Wright asked her to step aside and let the man between them go through.

She said the man told her, "It's a good thing (she moved aside), or I would have to turn you in," whereupon he pulled out what appeared to be a fake police badge.

Wright said she was outraged by the man's actions.

"It immediately made me furious," she said. "No real police officer should have, or would have, done that."

When Wright became angry, the impersonator fled. "When he heard me, he bolted for the door," she said.

Wright described the man's badge as rectangular, with the words "Houston Police" on it. She said the badge lacked a name, shield or badge number.

The suspect is still at large and is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing between 180 and 200 pounds.

Anyone with information on the case should call UHPD at (713) 743-0600.

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