A Maryland man was arrested and charged after police saw him impersonating a police officer at a mall, according to officials.
Robert Muschette Jr., 53, was arrested Thursday in the Mall of Prince George parking lot, according to the Hyattsville Police Department.
Around 11:25 p.m., officers saw a dark green Ford Explorer driving in the mall parking lot with red and blue emergency lights on in the front windshield.
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Robert Muschette Jr., 53, was arrested Thursday in the Mall of Prince George parking lot. (Hyattsville Police Department)
When officers contacted Muschette Jr., he initially said he worked for “DC police,” but later admitted he was a special constable with a security agency.
Investigators determined that Muschette Jr. worked for a security agency, but was only authorized to have yellow lights on his vehicle. Investigators said they also found clothing with “police” written on it, a loaded handgun, ballistic vest, ammunition, handcuffs and clothing in his car.
A dark green Ford Explorer was seen in the center parking lot with red and blue emergency lights on the front windshield. (Hyattsville Police Department)
Police said he is prohibited from possessing firearms under Maryland law because of his prior felony convictions.
Muschette Jr. faces multiple charges, including impersonating a police officer and having a loaded gun in a vehicle.
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In the suspect’s car they found a police-style badge, a loaded gun, a ballistic vest, ammunition, handcuffs and clothing with the word “police” written on it. (Hyattsville Police Department)
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Police said they are concerned Muschette Jr. may have encounters with members of the public while posing as a police officer.