Two Charged with Impersonating Officers

Police are unsure if two men were working together

By Ally Clark
|  Monday, Nov 15, 2010  |  Updated 1:40 PM CDT
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Johnny Johnson and William Woolridge face felony charges for allegedly impersonating law enforcement officers.

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Two men Chicago men were charged this weekend with impersonating law enforcement officers in unrelated incidents, police said.

Johnny Johnson, 21, allegedly flagged down police posing as a rookie, according to reports.

Police said he was dressed in a black vest and body armor with the word "police" on it and was armed with a handgun and a magazine clip. Johnson was taken into custody when he was unable to produce identification proving he was an officer, according to Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.

Johnson later admitted that he was not a police officer, Mirabelli said..

The other man, William Woolridge, 33, was arrested after he allegedly walked into a station and claimed to be a military police officer. Woolridge was said to wearing body armor, carrying a weapon, and using a fake military police badge. Officer Mirabelli said that Woolridge later admitted that he was not a military police officer.

Coincidentally, the police station was the same one where Johnson was being held, however authorities are unsure at this time whether the two were working together.

Both men are charged with felony counts of impersonating a peace officer, possession of a deadly weapon and unlawful use of body armor. They are scheduled to appear in bond court later today.

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