Some people are born to be cops, and others are born to “play cop.” Kenneth Baron, 26, of Oak Park falls into the latter category.
Baron was arrested on July 18th pursuant to an investigation beginning upon the June 23rd report made by two juveniles detailing their detainment close to midnight on a public thoroughfare by a man representing himself to be a law enforcement officer.
According to Ventura County Sheriff spokesman Detective Roger Kelley, the juveniles “were walking in the area” of Smoketree Avenue in residential Oak Park when they were approached by an unmarked Ford Crown Victoria, a vehicle model in widespread use by law enforcement agencies. The vehicle had an “activated flashing red and blue light on the dashboard”, Kelley reported to the media, and its driver “yelled at the juveniles to stop.”
At that point, Kelley is alleged to have called the young pedestrians to the vehicle, where they observed he was dressed in clothing representing law enforcement. While allegedly making statements leading the juveniles to believe he was a legitimate law enforcement officer, Baron then reportedly ordered them to empty their pockets and proceeded to search them, Kelley said.
An investigation into the incident led detectives from VCSD East County Major Crimes and Thousand Oaks Police Department Special Enforcement Units to identify Baron as having a history of such activities with genuine police contact relative to those in both Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. Pursuant to that aggregated evidence, Baron was arrested and booked into Ventura County Jail on charges of impersonating a peace officer, robbery, and multiple counts of felony false imprisonment.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking, Ventura County Sheriff, Facebook
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