Teen police impersonator arrested as an adult for doing same

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CHICAGO (AP) — A man arrested three times for impersonating a Chicago police officer, including once at age 14, has been arrested again for the crime, Chicago police said Thursday.

Vincent Richardson, 27, was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony impersonation of a police officer. He is accused of pretending to be a Chicago police sergeant on Jan. 14, Jan. 27 and Feb. 3. Authorities haven’t released details on Richardson’s latest actions.

Richardson was arrested in 2009 at age 14 after being so convincing as a police officer he was assigned a radio and went on patrol with a real officer.

In 2013 at age 19, Richardson pretended he was an officer and was arrested when he tried to buy police equipment. And in 2015 at age 21, Richardson was arrested after police stopped his car while investigating a call of shots fired. He was wearing a bulletproof vest and had a police duty belt, scanner, BB gun and stun gun in his possession. He received 18-month sentences for impersonating an officer after each offense.

Richardson, who was also wanted on a warrant, is scheduled to appear Friday in Cook County Circuit Court. It wasn’t immediately known if he has a lawyer to speak on his behalf.

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