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Posted at 6:56 PM ET, 07/12/2010

Police impersonators charged with assault

By Erica Johnston

Two men who showed badges and were described as police impersonators committed a robbery Sunday in Prince George’s County, police said.

County police said the holdup occurred about 3:30 a.m. in Langley Park. The victims told officers that they were approached near the 7900 block of 15th Avenue by two people in a black SUV with flashing strobe lights. The two displayed badges and assaulted the victims and took wallets from their pockets before fleeing.

Police said Daniel Steven Blaylock, 24, of the 1800 block of Drexel Street in Hyattsville, and Kennedy Arloniz Ventura, 20, of the 700 block of Kennedy Street, NW in Washington, were arrested after a search and charged with robbery and second-degree assault.

Police said they were trying to determine whether similar robberies have been carried out in the county.

They asked anyone with additional information to call the police District I Investigative Section at (301) 699-2601. They said those wishing anonymity may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

-- Martin Weil

By Erica Johnston  | July 12, 2010; 6:56 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Comments

Another good reason that unmarked police cars should NOT be allowed for traffic stops. Anyone can put lights in their grill and pull over unsuspecting motorists, who are then in a compromised position.

Posted by: clarks5304 | July 12, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

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