Originally Published: July 20, 2012 9:50 p.m.
A Prescott man faces possible felony charges of impersonating a police officer in a July 10 incident in which he allegedly represented himself as an officer in training and detained three women after they took photographs in an abandoned building in the 400 block of White Spar Road, Prescott Police Lt. Ken Morley said.
"The man said he messed up. He didn't say why he did it," Morley said.
"We've sent the case to the county attorney for review of charges."
The suspect's name is not included in this story per Courier policy not to identify people charged with misdemeanors; whether felony charges will be pressed is still to be determined.
On Saturday, July 14, an officer spoke with one of the women who said they were taking photos in the abandoned building, saw the man, then left the building. As they headed toward their vehicle, the man had approached them and asked them why they were running from him, according to the police report.
The woman said she saw the man carrying a walkie-talkie, so she asked if he was a police officer, and he said he was an officer in training with the narcotics department and began questioning them about who they were and what they were doing there, according to the police report.
The woman said she told the man they were visiting from Texas and taking photos, and the man replied that what they were doing was wrong, trespassing was punishable by a $1,000 fine and two months in jail, and that they were lucky he had contacted them, according to the police report.
The woman said as they were talking a police car drove by, the man stepped back, spoke into his walkie talkie as if he was speaking to the officer in the police car, then told the women they should leave before the officer came back, according to the police report.
The woman told the officer that as they got into their vehicle, the man shone a flashlight in her face and laughed, according to the police report.
That night the man called dispatchers, said he'd seen people in an abandoned building in the 400 block of White Spar Road and told them to leave.
Morley said the man had previously contacted Prescott police to request a ride-along with an officer, Morley said.
The man had also spoken with Prescott Valley Police Sgt. Brandon Bonney about volunteering with his agency and had been issued an application packet, but he has no ties with the department, according to the police report.