Photo – Avelardo Estavillo
A 35-year-old man was arrested and charged with impersonating a peace officer and false imprisonment after pulling someone over for a supposed stop sign violation in Rancho Cucamonga.
At nearly 1 AM on Friday, January, 17, 2020, suspect Avelardo Estavillo pulled over another vehicle near Golden Oak Road and Morning Breeze Drive. Estavillo was driving a marked security Ford Crown Victoria that was equipped with a siren and a light bar. “Estavillo contacted the victim and stated he was stopped for a stop sign violation,” according to the release. “Estavillo took the victim’s license and directed him to stay in the vehicle.”
Estavillo subsequently contacted Sheriff’s dispatch to let them know he had a “suspicious subject pulled over,” the release said. When deputies arrived, the victim “stated he believed the person who stopped him was a police officer because the security vehicle had red and blue lights when he was stopped,” according to the release.
Unfortunately for Estavillo, Rancho Cucamonga deputies ran their own check and discovered a handful of previous arrests and misdemeanor convictions on his record. Estavillo apparently did have valid security guard cards, but the state had suspended them.
Officers proceeded to search the vehicle and found two firearms, rounds of ammunition, an electronic taser, two duty belts, a bulletproof vest, a collapsible baton, a wood baton, and security polo shirt. They also found a dog in the back of the car, which was taken into the custody of animal control personnel.
Deputies arrested Estavillo, had his car towed, and booked him into West Valley Detention Center on $50,000 bail.
A booking photo of Estavillo has been released. Anyone else who may have been victimized by Estavillo is asked to contact the Rancho Cucamonga Sheriff’s Station. Those who would like to leave an anonymous tip can contact WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME or www.wetip.com.