James J. Lewis, 46, of Buffalo, has been arrested and charged for impersonating a police officer.
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.