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IMPD: Police impersonator flashed gun, threatened to arrest young girl

Posted at 6:04 PM, Nov 01, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis police arrested a security guard on Sunday accused of displaying a gun and impersonating a police officer.

Police were called to the Pangea Fields Apartments on West 31st Street around 7:30 p.m. Sunday on a report of a suspicious person who had pulled a gun and said he was a police officer.

They arrived and were let into an apartment, where they saw a young girl crying and clinging to her mother.

Officers asked the girl what was wrong, and she said she was scared because, “I don’t know if he’s a good guy or a bad guy.”

Police learned the girl was referring to a man – later identified as 30-year-old Shadrack Akoi – who had approached her and her father while trying to jumpstart one of the family’s vehicles.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case, the family said Akoi approached them and told them to move their car from the grass, where it was parked to jumpstart the other car, or he would give them a ticket.

When one of the child asked Akoi why he would do that, he reportedly said, “I’m an officer.”

She then asked to see his badge, at which point he allegedly lifted part of his coat up, displaying a gun, and told the girl that if she continued talking he would arrest her.

While one officer was interviewing the family, another officer had detained Akoi.

According to the affidavit, Akoi told police he was not a police officer, but rather a security guard for G4S Secure Solutions.

Police said they found a gun, badge and a baggie of suspected marijuana in Akoi’s possession.

Akoi’s employer later told police their security guards wear G4S uniforms and are not supposed to be armed.

Police determined Akoi lived at the apartment complex, but was not employed there as a security guard.

Akoi was taken into custody and booked into the Marion County Jail. He was formally charged Tuesday with impersonating a public servant, carrying a handgun without a license and possession of marijuana.

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