A 28-year-old man, Joshua Hillman, has been arrested and booked into the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Jail for impersonating a police officer and three counts of kidnapping.
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety AZDPS), on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at approximately 2:28 p.m., AZDPS Sergeant Brandon Powell was traveling westbound on US 60 near Lindsay Road, when he observed a large SUV initiating a “traffic stop” on a passenger car. Sergeant Powell noticed the SUV had blue and red strobe lights and believed the SUV was an unmarked law enforcement vehicle.
Sergeant Powell stopped to assist and noticed the male driver of the SUV, Hillman, was already speaking with the female driver of the passenger car. He also noticed that Hillman did not have a firearm on his waist and was wearing a shirt embroidered with the letters, “MESA POLICE” on a gold badge.
Sergeant Powell began questioning Hillman and determined he was not a law enforcement officer, nor was he affiliated with the Mesa Police Department. Hillman told Sergeant Powell he had stopped the passenger car because the vehicle had cut him off.
According to Hillman, he has utilized red and blue lights in the past when contacting stranded motorists.
AZDPS investigators are asking the public to come forward if they have had police-type contact with Hillman.