Willimantic police have arrested a man they say pretended to be a police officer and threatened to arrest a city resident.
Danny Vazquez, 27, of Hope Street in Willimantic, was charged with impersonating a police officer and second-degree breach of peace.
Police said Vazquez showed up at a home dressed in a suit and told the resident he was a police officer investigating a complaint that the resident was selling drugs. He flashed a pair of handcuffs during that incident.
Vazquez also allegedly stopped two people in a parking lot and identified himself as an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) agent.
“The Willimantic Police Department takes this type of complaint very seriously. The public’s trust in today’s climate is paramount to our building a strong bond and positive relationship with the community. Anyone who misrepresents themselves as a member of law enforcement needs to be arrested. This type of behavior will not be tolerated,” Corporal Stanley Parizo, Jr. of the Willimantic police department said in a release.
Vazquez was arrested and released on a $5,000 bond. He was scheduled a court date of August 9.