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California boy held on juvenile crimes for impersonating a cop

A disturbing incident at a local woman's residence led to the arrest of a 14-year-old boy. Police say that the boy went to the woman's home dressed as a police officer and tried to enter the residence. He was able to leave the scene at the time, but was arrested and charged with juvenile crimes a day later near his California residence. 

According to reports, the boy drove up to a residence fully outfitted as a police officer, in a vehicle with flashing lights on the dashboard. He also was carrying a firearm on a holster. When he got to the door, he told the occupants that he was there to investigate a crime. When the residents told him that no crime had occurred at the home, they locked the door. The boy allegedly tried to open it, and hung around for a bit before leaving the area. 

The homeowner notified the authorities, and a police officer on patrol was able to identify the vehicle and saw the individual in the car with his great-grandmother. He was arrested and sent to the juvenile detention center. A search warrant of his residence allegedly revealed uniforms and police tactical gear. 

The boy was already on probation and is looking at additional penalties if he is convicted of the juvenile charges. A conviction will rest upon the authorities ability to prove that the boy was involved in the crime. If he is convicted, he may be facing long-term detention in a California housing facility. Other individuals facing similar issues, who must fight against the court system to maintain their innocence, may be interested in utilizing the skills of an experienced attorney to build a strong defense. 

Source: ABC News, "Armed 14-year-old California boy arrested after allegedly impersonating sheriff's deputy on domestic dispute call", Josiah Bates, March 8, 2018

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