COBB COUNTY, Ga. — A Cobb County man tried to avoid being arrested, but earned himself two extra charges instead.
Police say Jared Randall Spencer from Austell was being arrested for loitering and prowling and criminal trespassing last week.
In an attempt to avoid the arrest Cobb County police say Spencer told them he was an officer with the Marietta Police Department. He was not.
Channel 2′s Michele Newell was in Powder Springs on Wednesday, where police say Spencer was seen several times before his arrest.
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The person who called the police told officers that Spencer identified himself as a police officer with the Cobb County Police Department before they arrived on the scene.
According to the arrest warrant, Spencer also claimed he was a real estate agent. The Georgia Real Estate Commission does not have a record of Spencer having a real estate license.
Spencer was arrested on the initial charges of loitering and prowling and criminal trespassing.
“This subject was not a police officer. He has never been,” Aaron Wilson, public information officer for the Cobb County police department said.
“The Moment that they were placing him under arrest, trying to get him out of the car, that’s when he identified himself as a Marietta police officer,” Chuck McPhilamy, Marietta Police Department public information officer said. “There are so many things out there now that are trying to fake a representative of an organization. It’s not just law enforcement. "
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Police say Spencer claimed to have a police badge but said it wasn’t on him because he was in training, so he gave them a badge number.
Police say there were obvious signs that Spencer wasn’t a real police officer.
For lying to officers and saying he was a police officer, he was also charged with impersonating a public officer, which is a felony, and obstructing a law enforcement officer.
Spencer has since been released from the Cobb County Detention Center on bond.
Last month, another Cobb County man was arrested for posing as a police officer.
Jerardson Mackey from Acworth was charged with impersonating an officer after he was spotted driving an unmarked retired police car that had emergency lights mounted on the front, the side and back of the car.
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