Teen posing as Chicago cop busted for second time
The 14-year old busted posing as a Chicago Police Officer five years ago is at it again – this time arrested trying to buy clothes similar to those of a police uniform.
An astute employee at VCG Uniform store in the 5000 block of West Irving Park Road found 19-year old Vincent Richardson suspicious on Tuesday as he kept insisting he was an Englewood District police officer.
He presented his driver’s license to a clerk and said he was interested in trying on some cargo shorts and a duty belt, according to the police report. The clerk ran his name on the Internet and discovered he was arrested for a “publicized incident of impersonating a Chicago Police officer in 2009.“
As police arrested Richardson yesterday, he allegedly told them he just wanted to help people, “I know what it’s like to be one of you. I respect you because I did it for a day chasing and helping people.”
Richardson has been charged with one felony count of impersonating a police officer and is expected in bond court on Thursday.
In 2009, at the age of 14, Richardson put on a novelty badge and uniform, walked into the Grand Crossing District police station, was promptly assigned a radio and went on patrol with an officer for more than five hours.