MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – Police are sending out a warning to be on the lookout for two men acting like police officers.
Investigators arrested Jim Bob Queen, but he bonded out of jail.
His partner in crime, David Mendenhall is still on the run.
They set up their scam at Supersonic Car Wash in Midwest City.
“This is my community, and I just hate that even happened over here,” said Vonetta Wallace.
The men targeted a 23-year-old man at 11 in the morning.
The police report says they began “asking him about having child pornography and drugs.”
When the victim tried to ask for credentials they blurted, “Let the officer ask the questions.”
Police say the men ended up taking the victim’s license, phone number and car keys.
He complied thinking the men might be police officers.
After all, the victim says a fake badge was hanging from their rear view mirror.
“I think it’s scary,” said Corey Mosley. “But like I said I would have never fell for it. I don’t trust too much of nobody anyway.”
Another resident had a different perspective.
“I’d probably believe it a little more. I’d be a little more naive than he would be,” said Elycia Williams.
However, these two men would probably know how to act like police.
They’ve been around lawmen a lot.
Both have long criminal records.
Queen is serving a suspended sentence for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
He’s been convicted of domestic abuse by strangulation, possession of drugs and possession of a stolen vehicle.
Mendenhall has been convicted of possession of a stolen vehicle as well.
He also has a record of drugs.
Police were able to catch Queen because he actually called the victim’s cell phone.
That gave police access to his cell phone.
They were able to locate him quickly.
According to the police report, he says he didn’t do it, that his partner, Mendenhall did all the talking.
Now, both men are back on the streets.
“It makes me feel unsafe and insecure and scared you know that we have people out here that impersonate police officers,” said Wallace.
Police say if you ever feel uneasy about an officer, ask for their supervisor and credentials.
If they won’t hand over the information, call 911.