PASADENA, MD. — Anne Arundel Police charged a Pasadena man with posing as a police officer on two occasions after an incident at the Office Bar. Ronald Devera Santos, 45, 8030 George Willing Avenue, Pasadena, Maryland 21122 was charged with two counts of impersonating a police officer.
Police report that on October 18, 2014 at approximately 12:25 a.m., officers responded for a report of a disorderly subject at the Office Bar located at 2708 Mountain Road, Pasadena, MD.
Upon arrival, officers located the suspect driving from the scene. Investigation revealed that there was an altercation between the suspect and Office Bar employees. The suspect produced a badge and said he was law enforcement. The Office employees didn’t believe him and contacted police. The suspect then left. When the suspect was stopped, he produced the same badge and said he was law enforcement. Officers could tell that the badge was not legitimate. The suspect was then asked for his credentials (an official identification card). The suspect claimed that his credentials were at home.
At this time, the suspect was arrested for impersonating a police officer. The suspect’s vehicle was searched and a pellet style handgun in a black holster was recovered from the glove box. He said he bought the badge from a store and this was the first time he produced it. The badge and pellet style handgun were recovered. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) were notified of the incident.
As a result of the incident, detectives from HSI interviewed Ronald Santos at Northern District. During the interview, Santos admitted to being “Obsessed” with being a police officer. In addition, he confessed to impersonating a police officer prior to his arrest. During the incident on October 18, 2014, Santos stated he was a police officer and a Naval Investigative Service Special Agent. During his contact with officers, he admitted to displaying a replica gold special agent badge to police officers. Santos stated he purchases replica police badges online.
During the investigation detectives learned Santos has impersonated a police officer in the past.
At approximately 2:30 p.m. on October 19, 2014, HSI detectives executed a search warrant at Santos’s residence. Red and blue police LED lights were recovered and submitted as evidence.
This is the second incident this week involving a suspect impersonating a police officer. If you are in a situation where you are not sure if the person is a police officer, you can call 911 and verify that there is an officer on the traffic stop.