A Willimantic man was arrested on Saturday morning after he was reportedly impersonating a police officer.
Willimantic police said 27-year-old Danny Vazquez went to a home and told the resident he was a police officer and that he was investigating after receiving a complaint about that person selling drugs.
Corporal Stanley Parizo said when Vazquez was inside the home, he threatened to arrest the resident.
"He displayed handcuffs to that resident and was asking about narcotics transactions," said Parizo.
He later stopped two other people in a parking lot and identified himself as an “Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agent.”
Willimantic resident, Jenni Delvalle is new to the area, so at this point she said she is unfamiliar with the Willimantic Police, and this arrest she said makes her more unsettled. "My first instinct isn't to fight a police officer, or to be combative, or to question them," said Delvalle.
"It's an authority figure. I'm just going to kind of comply with whatever they tell me."
According to police, Vazquez knew the victims, which helped police make the arrest quickly.
Vazquez was arrested and charged with impersonation of a police officer and second-degree breach of peace. He was released on a $5,000 court ordered bond. He is expected to appear in court on Aug. 9.
“The Willimantic Police Department takes this type of complaint very seriously. The public’s trust in today’s climate is paramount to our building a strong bond and positive relationship with the community. Anyone who misrepresents themselves as a member of law enforcement needs to be arrested. This type of behavior will not be tolerated.” Corporal Stanley Parizo, Jr. said on Sunday evening.
Again, Corporal Parizo urged Willimantic residents to call police in unsafe situations.
"If you're uncertain about the authenticity of -- whether it's a badge, an ID -- call your local police department."
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