20-Year-Old Posed as a Police Officer to Steal from Immigrants


Andres Sanchez of Pomona area was charged on Tuesday with posing as a police officer to threaten and steal from immigrants, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced.

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The 20-year-old man dressed in a law enforcement uniform, drove an unmarked vehicle, and pulled over drivers he believed were immigrants. Sanchez then reportedly threatened deportation if the drivers did not hand over money, jewelry or cell phones. Sanchez used a firearm during one of the incidents, authorities said.

He was charged with 10 felony counts, five counts of false imprisonment by violence, three counts of second-degree robbery and two counts of attempted second-degree robbery.

Following a tip from a concerned citizen, on Thursday, December 21st Pomona Police Department. arrested the imposter.

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If convicted as charged, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 25 years and four months in state prison.