Police Arrest Man For Pretending To Be A Cop

A man is under arrest after police discover items that indicate he was impersonating a law enforcement officer.

Yesterday afternoon, Richmond Police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle near the Office Max at Richmond Mall.

In a search of the car, they discovered several items that led them to believe that the owner of the vehicle was impersonating a peace officer.

Among the items found were blue lights, a weapon and handcuffs.

Even the license plate had been altered to make it appear to be an official state plate, like you would find on a police unit vehicle.

Counterfeit $20.00 dollar bills, prescription pills, as well as a Private Detective ID were also discovered.

The suspect, 37 year old Wendell Emerson Riddell of Berea, was arrested for impersonating a peace officer, among other charges.

Riddell is currently being held at the Madison County Detention Center.

For the latest on this investigation, tune into 27 NEWFIRST at 5.

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  • by Dee Location: berea on Jul 20, 2007 at 10:07 PM
    Wendell has been impersonating a cop in the city of Berea for atleast 15 years, as he has always driven a vehicle identical to that of the police a gray crown victoria with a search light on the mirror as the state police had and a police light he would place on his dash. Rumors at one time were that he actually had a KSP uniform and would pull people over, local teens mostly, and scare them. This has been a long time ago, but I think that he could have been stopped some time ago by the local police (Berea).
  • by Anonymous Location: Corbin on Jul 20, 2007 at 04:10 PM
    how stupid can you get ???
  • by Thomas Location: London on Jul 20, 2007 at 02:07 PM
    This is just another reminder that there should be no 'unmarked' police vehicles. All police vehicles should be clearly marked and easily identifiable.
  • by Casey Location: Lexington on Jul 20, 2007 at 11:43 AM
    It's not safe to get pulled over anymore. What's this world coming to?


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