Lufkin Police arrest alleged impersonator

Randall Rhoden mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Randall Rhoden mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Whitney Grunder - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Police say a 21-year-old man was arrested Friday for impersonating a police officer.

Detective J.B Smith said Randall Shane Rhoden has been arrested on two separate charges of impersonating a public servant, both Felony 3 charges.

The arrest report indicates the first reported incident happened shortly after midnight on May 30.

Police said a father reported that his teenage son was pulled over by a man impersonating a police officer.

It was reported that the teen was pulled over at the intersection of Allendale Drive and Pershing Avenue by a young white man who told him there had been a kidnapping and he wanted to check the trunk of his car.

Police said it was also reported that after doing so, the suspect advised the teenager he was free to go.

The boy's father reported that his son did not see a badge or gun, and believed he recognized the the suspect as a former classmate. He was then able to identify him out of a 2008 Lufkin High yearbook.

Smith says the second incident occurred Tuesday on the 1300 block of Voyle.

The arrest report stated a woman was returning to her home when a vehicle pulled up behind her with red and blue lights emitting from the dash. She thought she was being stopped for a traffic violation and pulled to the side of the road. A young white male then approached her vehicle and told her that there had been a kidnapping in the area and that he needed to look in her vehicle. The woman stated the subject had a flashlight and used it to illuminate the interior of her car. The woman stated that once the subject was finished looking, he told her that she could leave.

Friday's arrest was made by Detective Gabe Wall.

The arrest report states the defendant admitted he was currently in the police academy and had become over-zealous after ordering a set of LED dash lights. The suspect admitted to stopping numerous people.

The report states Rhoden is not a licensed police officer and was not acting under the authority of any police agency.

Rhoden was released on a $10,000 bond.

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