Man Arrested for Impersonating a Police Officer

4:26 PM, Apr 27, 2011   |    comments
James J. Lewis, 46, of Buffalo, has been arrested and charged for impersonating a police officer.
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BUFFALO, NY -  State Police have arrested a man they say was posing as a police officer.

Police say James J. Lewis, 46, of Buffalo, was operating an unlicensed security company under the name of First Response Law Enforcement.   They say Lewis is a registered sex offender and a convicted felon. 

Police say Lewis had a number of items that lead the public to assume he was a police officer, including a bullet proof vest with "POLICE" written on the back, a badge, and a forged New York State Security Guard License.

He was also caught carrying two gun belts containing handcuffs, pepper spray, a stun gun and a police baton.  One of the gun belts held a starter piston and the other had a bb gun.

Lewis was arraigned Wednesday and is being held at the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $250,000 cash or bond.  He is to reappear in City of Buffalo Court on May 2nd.


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