Police Arrest Alleged Robber Posing As Cop

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    Police believe James Blackman is connected to at least four robberies.

    An Englewood man was ordered held on a $300,000 bond Wednesday after being charged with pretending to be a police officer to rob people at gunpoint.

    James Blackman, 46, is accused of robbing at least four people on the South Side in September, according to police.

    Blackman, of the 6400 block of South Morgan Street, was charged with three counts of armed robbery with a firearm, one count of aggravated robbery, five counts of impersonating an officer and one count of aggravated kidnapping, police said.

    He is believed to be connected to at least four robberies in which he would identify himself as "Officer Franklin" before robbing people at gunpoint, police said.

    The robberies occurred in the 7000 block of South Justine, the 8000 block of South Oakley, the 7700 block of South Colfax and the 8100 block of South Colfax.

    On Wednesday, Blackman was ordered held on $300,000, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Stephen Campbell said. He is scheduled to be back in court Oct. 15.