2 Detroiters Charged With Impersonating Police During Robbery
DETROIT (WWJ) - Authorities say two men who pretended to be Detroit Police Officers when they allegedly robbed unsuspecting citizens are now facing charges.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said 28-year-old Derrick Williams and 24-year-old Bryce Hendricks were arraigned Friday.
Williams was given a $200,000 cash bond after being charged with armed robbery, imprisonment, impersonating police, and felony firearm. Hendricks was remanded to the county jail after being charged with armed robbery, imprisonment, impersonating police, felony firearm, and possession of firearm. Both are due back in court on Aug. 21.
Police say Williams and Hendricks were accomplices in at least two incidents — the first which occurred on July 29 in the area of Maine and Nevada, and the second which took place on Aug. 4 in the area of John R and Edgevale.
Police say the duo identified themselves as “Fugitive Recovery Agents” when they stopped two men, ages 32 and 37, who were walking down the street. It’s alleged that the armed suspects, who had badges displayed, detained and robbed the victims of their cash and other personal properties before escaping in a vehicle.
Alert members of the Detroit Police Department’s Special Operations Team were on patrol in the area of E. 7 Mile and Van Dyke on Aug. 5 around 10:30 p.m. when they observed the wanted vehicle.
The officers conducted a traffic stop, and arrested Williams and Hendricks. The officers also recovered badges, bullet proof vests and firearms from the vehicle.