A man was arrested in Long Beach, California, this week, accused of impersonating police officers across the state – including officers in San Diego.
On Tuesday, detectives with the Drug Investigations Section of the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD), as well as FBI agents, served a search warrant at a home in Rolling Hills, California, in search of suspect Jayson Carter, 42, who was wanted for allegedly posing as police officers.
Carter was arrested at the home. There, detectives also recovered evidence linked to the cop impersonation case, including false identifications representing state and federal law enforcement agencies.
Carter was booked into Long Beach Jail on $35,000 bail on counts of impersonating a police officer and carrying a concealed, loaded firearm. He posted bond later that day.
According to investigators, Carter may have acted as if he were an officer in San Diego and Los Angeles counties, as well as in Northern California. He was known to drive vehicles resembling unmarked police cars.
Investigators say Carter may have contacted victims throughout California, possibly detaining them as he posed as an officer. Police are not yet aware of specific victims linked to Carter, but detectives do believe victims exist. Anyone who may have been detained by Carter should contact authorities, including LBPD Det. Dylan Lobascio at (562) 570-7221.
Meanwhile, the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) says are no reports linked to this case locally at this time. An SDPD spokesperson said Long Beach detectives found uniforms in similar fashion to SDPD uniforms in Carter's possession.
The investigation is ongoing.