Mr. Richard is a Coast Guard Reservist who allegedly decided to impersonate a Broward County Sheriff's deputy.
From Stephanie Slater at the Palm Beach Post:
A U.S. Coast Guard reservist who authorities said posed as a police officer and ordered a 20-year-old woman out of her car in a Wal-Mart parking lot on Old Boynton Road on Monday night has been arrested.Jerone Burdi in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that Ms. Kanov, 20,
Jessica Kanov told Boynton Beach police that she stopped her car at about 11:35 p.m., when a black Acura with red and blue police lights on the dashboard pulled up behind her.
Reginald Richard, 20, of suburban Boynton Beach walked up to the driver's side door, said he was a Broward Sheriff's Office deputy and ordered her out of the car, according to a police report.
told police she thought the Acura was an unmarked police car but feared Richard might harm her when he repeatedly asked her to get out of the car, police said. Richard was wearing a holster and tank top. No weapon was visible, police said. Kanov drove away, and called police, reporting his license plate number.Is this the latest way to pick up women? Pretend to be a cop and pull them over in the Wal-Mart parking lot? "I'm a federal law enforcement officer; heave to and prepare to be boarded" has always worked for me... :-)
Young Mr. Richard was not serving in any Coast Guard capacity at the time of the incident. He is a watchstander at one of the command centers in south Florida according to the Post article. Mr. Richard was charged with "fleeing and eluding, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest with violence," and he is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail.
He can try that "prepare to be boarded" line with his cell mates at the Palm Beach jail... I'm sure it will be well received.