Police Impersonator Threatens People At Restaurants, Then Real Police Show Up
Coolbaugh Township, PA – Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department officers arrested a man who impersonated a police officer and then threatened employees and customers at a Wendy’s and a McDonald’s in Monroe County.
The first incident occurred at about 11:47 p.m. on Dec. 27, 2019 when police responded to a call about a man threatening employees at the Wendy’s drive-thru, the Pocono Record reported.
The person who called 911 told the dispatcher that the man threatening them claimed to be a police officer and that he had a gun.
The suspect fled the scene in a white pickup truck before police arrived, the Pocono Record reported.
But moments later, they got another emergency call about a man who pulled out a gun and pointed it at another customer’s vehicle in the parking lot of the McDonald’s.
Police arrived at the restaurant in time to see the suspect’s vehicle leaving, the Pocono Record reported.
Police conducted a felony traffic stop on State Route 940 at Oak Street.
Officers said that when they pulled the driver – later identified as 20-year-old Shakur Reed – out of the truck he was wearing a ballistic vest with a badge and what appeared to be a holstered pistol at his hip, the Pocono Record reported.
There were also four other people in the vehicle.
When police search Reed, they determined that the badge was from the suspect’s security job and the holster held a Taser, the Pocono Record reported.
Police arrested Reed and booked him into the Monroe County Correctional Facility.
He was charged with a second-degree misdemeanor count of impersonating a public servant, a third-degree misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct, a first-degree misdemeanor count of terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another, and a first degree misdemeanor count of possession of an instrument of crime with intent to employ it criminally, the Pocono Record reported.
He was released the next day after he posted bail and is due back in court on Feb. 12.