Police search for men who commit crimes impersonating police officers

Police say the suspects used a car similar to the one pictured.

Police have issued an alert for two men who they say are connected to a series of crimes impersonating police officers. In two robberies, they used a{ } car very much like a police car.

“It’s ridiculous you can’t trust that a police officer is actually a police officer. It’s not safe because now you have to make a choice and say where’s the nearest precinct... and should I stop, be killed and robbed or should I keep going, and face other charges?” District Heights resident Antoinette Feltenberger asked.

Around 4 a.m., police say a man driving near 42nd and Gault Northeast got pulled over by a dark blue mid-to-late 90s Ford Crown Victoria. It had emergency lights, a siren, and even a PA system that one of the men inside used to tell the victim to turn his car off.

Three men got out of the car, and according to the police report, one pointed a semi-automatic revolver at the victim, asking "Where are the money and drugs?" They then searched his pockets and took $350, his credit card, and driver’s license.

“To take your id -- then you don't want to go home. It's like being violated,” said ANC Commissioner Willette Seaward.

ABC7 News reached the victim's family, but because the men took his drivers license and know where he lives, he wouldn’t talk. Just an hour after he was robbed, police believe men in the same car robbed a McDonalds on South Dakota Avenue. The establishment doubles as a community work station for the Metropolitan Police Department.

Suspect one is described as a black male, thin or slender build, dark complexion, wearing a red hat, black jacket, black shirt, and black pants. Suspect two is described as a black male with a thin or slender build, wearing a black jacket, white shirt, and black pants, police said.

The maximum sentence for just the two crimes combined exceeds 30 years in prison. Police say they are investigating five crimes in total connected to this vehicle.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099 or 1-888-919-CRIME (1-888-919-2746). A reward is offered.

Anonymous information may be submitted to DC CRIME SOLVERS at 1-866-411-TIPS and to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.